Planes are landing in the attic – Australian Poetry Anthology

The latest anthology from the excellent people at Australian Poetry is out in the world! It was edited by Michelle Cahill and Lucy Dougan. They’ve selected a fantastic collection of poems by poets like – Magan Magan, David Ades, Tricia Dearborn and Kate Crowcroft.

You’ll also find my poem – Planes are landing in the attic – it’s one of the poems that will be included in my next collection – Nekhau, due out from Recent Work Press in August 2022. I’ve been slowly redrafting poems for the collection and Planes are landing in the attic is one of the poems that has changed quite a lot. Here’s a quick comparison of a few tiny changes made in the opening stanza; first the Australia Poetry Anthology version and then the latest (surely final!) draft that will be included in Nekhau. Always interesting to see how even the smallest changes can shift the feel of a poem. There’s much more substantial stuff being changed at the end of the new version!

Opening stanza in Australian Poetry Anthology

The houses we rent have too many stairs

we’re always climbing to attics

agents call them lofts – we know

what they really are – sometimes we sleep up there

Current opening stanza

The houses we rent have too many stairs

we’re always climbing to attics, 

agents call them lofts. We know 

what they really are, sometimes we sleep in the empty swank

Oh and if you’re interested in preordering Nekhau it’s part of a great seasonal promotion Recent Work are running for their collections in 2022. You can subscribe to receive the four collections they release each season at a discounted price. You’ll find Nekhau in the Winter Editions

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