On your Christina Rossetti lips
When I woke that morning I felt as if
I had a slight fever; warm and viscous
with the slippery perception of vertigo.
don’t know how it happened
think I got
a non-Indigenous girlfriend
who thinks she’s an expert
Sponsored by Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and supporters, the Nakata Brophy Prize recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers; first place awards a three-month writing residency at Trinity College, $5000 and publication in Overland.
This year’s shortlist was very strong, with the top three poems closely matched. All three winners are available to read at overland.org.au.
These days, political commentary is dominated by right-wing ratbags, free-market warriors, or urbane personalities like George Megalogenis. From the chaos and moral sterility of the status quo, these wizards of punditry conjure a narrative they hope will soothe us. Never once do these political gurus question the ideological padlocks that chain us like Sisyphus to the dictates of economic rationalism.