Maria Takolander is the author of a book of literary criticism, Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground (Peter Lang, 2007), and a book of poems, Ghostly Subjects (Salt Publishing, 2009).
She is a lecturer in Literary Studies and Professional and Creative Writing at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria.
The red wheelbarrow
FictionI HEARD A growl, deep and low, and then a yelp. I had been lying awake – I always tried to stay awake when Dad was drunk and angry – and when I heard the noise I got out...
Crime scene investigation
PoetryThe car deaf as a hearsefrom the screaming weightof all that came before,we drive down a tarmac slashedby white line, white line,into the splintered lightof the woods waiting,like eternity, just outside town.We seek loam incestuouswith sodden bracken and leaf-rot,homing...