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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Lizz Murphy is an Irish-Australian award winning poet with twelve poetry and anthology titles. Her recent poetry can also be found in journals including Abridged Online (Ire), Aesthetica (UK), Australian Love Poems (Inkerman & Blunt), Cordite, Rabbit, Right Now: Australian Human Rights, Shot Glass (US), Under the Basho (US), The Wonder Book of Poetry. She was Highly Commended in the 2013 Blake Poetry Prize.

Lizz Murphy

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The Sky Bled

As I drove home the sky bled for me A blue tinge scraping through dusk gun metal clouds forming into long rolls Between each layer a blood red score a lit fuse I still feel in my body

In the blue of her bathroom a girl with a blade edge against the inside of her forearm where the skin is finest   her held breath   the raspberry ripple the release she feels in her mute body