Poetry Journal

Issues / Volume 5 Issue 1 , July 2015


Publishing Information

Australian Poetry Journal

2015 Volume 5, Number 1
A publication of Australian Poetry Ltd

Editor: Michael Sharkey
Designer: Stuart Geddes
Publications: Bronwyn Lovell

Australian Poetry is the peak industry body for poetry in Australia, with a charter to promote and support Australian poets and poetry locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The Australian Poetry Journal is published biannually.

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Copyright 2015 by Australian Poetry Ltd.

ISSN 2203-7519

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Illustrations & reproductions

Cover: Kampala Girgiba, Jurnu near Kiwirrikurra, 2011, acrylic on linen, 91cm x 91cm. Courtesy of Martumili Artists.

Photograph of Ali Jane Smith courtesy of Ali Jane Smith.

Photograph of Julie Chevalier by Thomas Gallane, Lilyfield, n.d. Courtesy of Julie Chevalier.

Photograph of Samuel Wagan Watson by elena the wise/ Courtesy of University of Queensland Press.

Photograph of Tasos Leivaditis.

Photograph of Gail Hannah and Kevin Pearson in the back yard at the home office of Black Pepper Press before leaving for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, 2014. Photograph by Ruth Jeffries.

Erratum: In the previous issue, Vol 4 No 2, Andy Kissane’s poem should have been titled ‘Shooting Footage’. Australian Poetry apologises for the error.