Poetry | Flag mask

      The day I took my students to hear Question Time

A Minister, Peter Dutton, said
inhibited for inhabited
but of course he’s not

in relation to Operation
Overarch and seventeen of the two
hundred islands

Australia and PNG that might
agents of the COVID disease—

that port that


Parliamental privilege

and keeping the them out of us.

And I have always believed in
protecting violence against protecting
against violence
against women,
Mister Speaker!

Paul Magee

Paul Magee is author of Suddenness and the Composition of Poetic Thought (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022), Stone Postcard (John Leonard Press, 2014), Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press, 2008) and From Here to Tierra Del Fuego (University of Illinois Press, 2000). He teaches poetry at the University of Canberra.

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