Contemporary Australian Poetry.

Ward D4 by Tim Parkin

The moon and stars were our chandelier by Julie Chevalier

The spiders are here

by Benjamin Dodds


Last night, a sprawled grey one

planted its hugeness by the front door.

The wet outburst of its kernelled abdomen

was necessary. Once they’re in,

there’s no putting them out.


And today, the black economy

of a furled umbrella nestled itself in miniature

beneath the latch of the garden gate.

A creased bank statement made a neat streak of it.



or soon the swaying needle-rise

and drawbridge-drop of two leading legs

mount the mattress summit

to plant nightmare’s waking flag.

Benjamin Dodds is a Sydney-based poet whose work has appeared in a wide variety of publications. His poetry has been anthologised in The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry and Antipodes: Poetic Responses, and recently aired on Radio National. Regulator,
his first collection, was published by Puncher & Wattmann earlier this year.