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Issue # 8 September 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Melbourne poet, Jennifer Chrystie has published her work in The Weekend Australian, Blue Dog, Cordite and The Quadrant Book of Poetry 2001-2010 amongst others. Her first book of poetry, "Polishing the Silver", was published in 2006 by Ginninderra Press and commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award.

Jennifer Chrystie

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Underground Carpark At Dawn

After Adelaide 1983, a pencil drawing
by Janenne Eaton


Sunlight is forbidden
its relentless way
of holding up to scorn
Down here it's deliciously cold
all sharpness and angles
like a smart black hat tilted rakishly
shadows hunched in corners
echoes of footsteps disembodied

miasmas of oil and exhaust
white-ant the foundations
of the city
All is order and solitude
in tune with the deep past
nearer the centre of things