Originally from Saskatchewan, Allan Lake has lived in Vancouver, Cape Breton Island, Ibiza/Spain, Tasmania,
W.Australia & now calls Melbourne home.
He has published two collections; Tasmanian Tiger Breaks Silence (1988) ; Sand in the Sole (2014) plus the chapbook, Grandparents: Portraits of Strain (1994). Lake won Elwood(Aus) Poetry Prize 2015 & 2016, Lost Tower Publications(UK) Poetry Comp 2017 and Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Festival/The Dan Competition 2018.
a leafless tree
on windy wintry day
when dark clouds spit &
threaten. a bright kite, gust –
buffeted, string tangled in branches,
a foreign thing but not weak to be torn
by storm. someone's adored kite, blown
out of reach, probably mourned for
but now centre of my attention.
escaped captive kite may
have flown far or just
far enough to bind