Contemporary Australian Poetry.

missing by Robbie Coburn

Sheath by Les Wicks

Pièce de Shakespeare

by Michele Seminara


Come, sheathe your dagger definitions —

the Father, Word, and Holy Breath,

the swan of Avon, has returned to die.


Lord of language, auric egg,

he lies laid out in stiffness —

bronzelidded in the secondbest bed,

lips twisted by Venus into prayer,

coffined thoughts embalmed in a spice

of words which rise like crooked smoke

up to the nostrils of God.


Why even his errors are portals to discovery!

Following his lean unlovely lines

through spaces smaller than red globules of blood

we creepycrawl after his buttocks

meeting robbers, ghosts, old men, young men,

wives, widows, brothers-in-love:

the molecules all changing, the I becoming other,

the unquiet father reborn in the son —

but always, always, as we walk through him

we are walking into ourselves.

*A found poem sourced from chapter 9 of James Joyce’s Ulysses

First published in Bluepepper, 2014.

Michele Seminara is a poet and yoga teacher from Sydney. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Bluepepper, Tincture Journal, Regime and Verity La. She is also a poetry reader for Verity La, as well as being the journal’s incoming managing editor.

She blogs at and is on twitter @SeminaraMichele