Contemporary Australian Poetry

Lucy by Andy Jackson

Tai chi by the Pearl River by Jake Goetz

the war

by Mark Roberts


we meet for whiskey & buns

in the large dinning room

with the painted fireplace


outside the war goes on

we keep our masks at the door


the shelling is getting closer

a distant rumble has become a thump



my typewriter jumps

as each shell hits

the paper


the escape route

is agreed


over the back fence

and down

the sewer


this poem

my passport

Mark Roberts is a Sydney based writer and critic who has published extensively in magazines and journals both in Australia and overseas. He is editor of Rochford Street Review, (, P76 Magazine ( and is currently poetry editor at Social Alternatives Journal.