Old gods

Our old gods      they are called false      they are cut from the land
like a mountain      nothing holds firm the earth      the hand will rise up
striking us clear      we are pestilence      we are dust shrugged
skin stripped      a back the feet a heart      cry as the land cries
they mean to kill us      hinking hoping      the land will be made new.











Yumna Kassab is a writer based in Western Sydney. Her first book of stories, The House of Youssef (Giramondo, 2019), was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Queensland Literary Awards. Her second book, Australiana, was published in 2022 by Ultimo Press.

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