Contemporary Australian Poetry.

Girl, Gambling by Amy Hillhorst

missing by Robbie Coburn


by Davina Allison


i. Heloise to Abelard


“Your cold ashes need then fear nothing.”

And in the dark heave

of the sacring bells

is a longing

as faint as the fall

of nocturnal birds to the bleak

sprawl of seas

where they quarter

as a rush of winter

leaves in the salt-weed

seam of tide - asleep

so soon, my love?

Each strand of your hair

unmoored like

the long-winged gulls

that edge the cold dawn

saltwater - sea coins

for eyes, the nickel silver sea

upturned over the

drag of your blue,

bruised mouth

where relic spines

of shell mass under your

fingers and fall -

to the black-gallow tide.

DAVINA ALLISON has recently completed a PhD in Text Linguistics. Her poems have been published in numerous literary and online journals in Australia, America, and the UK, including The Australian Poetry Journal, Poetry Scotland, The Lampeter Review, The Glasgow Review of Books, ABC Religion & Ethics, And Other Poems, Eureka Street, Ruminate, Dappled Things, Eremos,Altarwork, and Faith and Theology.