Contemporary Australian Poetry.

Yellow by Felicity Plunkett

confiding eyes by Geraldine Burrowes

When I last Spoke to Cocteau

by Mark William Jackson


for Jean-Paul De Santi


When I last spoke to Cocteau

he told me about a spin-

-ning game he played

as a child,

 I laughed but Cocteau

just smiled - then serious

he said “I wrote to Satie

the other day    but I don’t expect a reply.”

I told him I’d been to Arcueil

just after Satie died,

found a pile of unopened letters

near where he worked.


Cocteau didn’t want to talk

anymore & said we should

go for a drink


but I was too tired

 so I woke up.

Mark William Jackson’s work has appeared in various print and online journals including; Best Australian Poems 2011, Popshot (UK), Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Rabbit Poetry Journal and Verity La. For more information visit