Tuesday Poem: ‘Settling for Action Man’ by Claire Orchard

Settling for Action Man That summer, blond Cindy (mine), and blonder Barbie (borrowed, belonging to my absent older sister) spent many a weekend afternoon on Niamh Guinness’s back lawn, partying hard with Niamh’s brunette Cindy. Yes, we keenly felt the lack of a Ken doll. A Ken would have brought us closer to a gender … More Tuesday Poem: ‘Settling for Action Man’ by Claire Orchard

Tuesday Poem: ‘Shipwrecker’ by Nina Powles

Shipwrecker Kaikoura, 1844 She plants daisies in a corner plotted out with bones pulled from the ribcage of a sperm whale. Her favourite thing hangs by the front door – a string of whale’s teeth polished wonderfully bright. Her father brought them home for her eighth birthday which was a particularly good day for whaling. … More Tuesday Poem: ‘Shipwrecker’ by Nina Powles

Tuesday Poem: Two triolets by Janis Freegard

Cityscape The sound of dropped silverware is, like, really loud. I think I’ll do that gamelan course next semester. When there’s no crowd, the sound of dropped silverware is, like, really loud. I’ve uploaded all my tunes to the cloud. Did I tell you my parents are getting divorced? The sound of dropped silverware is, … More Tuesday Poem: Two triolets by Janis Freegard