A Frances Johnson


A Frances Johnson won the 2020 Australian Book Review’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize for her poem ‘My Father’s Thesaurus’. Her fourth poetry collection, Save As, will be published in 2021 by Puncher and Wattmann. Her recent collection, Rendition for Harp and Kalashnikov (Puncher and Wattmann, 2017), was shortlisted in the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature Best New Writing Award.


Coal and meter

PoetryThe poet digs down a decade with her plastic pen, rests by  the ancient seam, Earth’s little little black dress boudoir-veined.  Poet and coal are looking for love,  unelectric coup de foudre. But things proceed awkwardly. The poet moves to the unburned bed, can’t resist old conveniences:  metaphor,...

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