In sunglasses, even at night
If not she apparently fainted
Since her paint was too bright
In the year of Our Lord, 1539, or thereabouts, in a small town in the centre of France, or thereabouts, three middle-aged men sat together in the corner of a tavern, in silence. They were Piers L'Hernault (more secular than religious), Onfroi Parsley (more religious than secular), and Gosse Barnard (majoritarian) – three of the twelve town councillors. When their council meeting began that morning, their town was Champs des Navets (Turnip Fields); controversially, when it ended, Saint Luc de la Chemise.
Australian literary powerhouse Sofie Laguna won the Miles Franklin Award for her 2015 novel The Eye of the Sheep. She has returned with a new book; The Choke. Set in rural Victoria, we meet Justine, the main character and narrator. She’s 10 years old, lives with her grandfather, rarely bathes and eats a lot of eggs (more on that later).
Bea, where are you? Your mum rang me a few months ago, out of the blue. It was great to hear from her. She told you me you’ve found yourself a new lover (your boss?!) and you’re no longer at your old address. She said you call sometimes when you have the money and you can find a phone. I hope next time you call she remembers to tell you I said hello. She said you’ve been living in your van for a while now, driving around the hills outside Barcelona and working the markets. So all those letters I sent you are sitting on the floorboards in the hall of someone else’s newly rented flat.
The multi-talented Sam Carmody’s debut novel, The Windy Season, explores the nebulous boundaries of Australian masculinity through the microcosm of a small town on WA’s coast, Stark.
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Australian poems are something we love here at Brain drip. Do you remember when poets were the Insta-celebs of the old world? So maybe those days are gone, but we haven't lost the love for the written word, rhyme or no rhyme, iambic pentameter or dactylic pentameter.