Contemporary Australian Poetry.

destined for mud by Ashley Capes

Love and marriage by Grace Heyer


by Stuart Barnes


Rings: on and on and on:

guests and clarinet:

a single note

entices harmonium.


Guests and clarinet

harmonise. Om

entices harmonium.

Under the loquat


harmonise: Om

Harmonise delight

under the loquat.

Under the Vishnu-blue dome


harmonise delight.

A single note

under the Vishnu-blue dome

rings on and on and on…

†A single note / rings on and on and on… is from The Cure’s ‘All Cats Are Grey’

Stuart Barnes’s poetry has appeared widely in publications such as Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry,Cordite, Going Down Swinging, Regime Magazine, and The Warwick Review, and is represented in the anthologies Short and Twisted 2010, The Night Road and Time with the Sky (Newcastle Poetry Prize 2009 and 2010, respectively), and fourWtwenty-three, twenty-fourand twenty-five. He is poetry editor of Tincture Journal, co-poetry reader for Verity La, and a poetry, flash reader for One Throne Magazine. In 2014 he was named Runner-up for the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and co-judged the ACT Publishing Awards’ poetry category.