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Barrina South

TV’s neon eye blinks

sending light around the room

a sour smell of a dog’s underbelly

a whisper of cool air across my feet

rest of my body, hot

tongue coated in gin

dog stirs

so, does he

lying beside me

sheer curtain rises

draws back

on the breeze

it is that time of night

across the street

top apartment light flicks on

I make my way to the window

sheet around shoulders


stay just long enough

until the light flicks off

before the dog moves

and he wakes

Barrina is a Barkindji woman who is poet, artist, and critic. Barrina was one of five Australian poets selected to participate in the 2022 Invisible Walls: poetry as a Doorway to Intercultural Understanding paired with a Korean poet to explore cross-cultural dialogue. An initiative run in partnership with the University of South Australia and Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. In the same year, she was Writer in Residence at the University of Canberra, and was published in The Art Issue, Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry plus Interliminal Encounters: Indian and Australian Writers in Po (i) etic Dialogue, Teesta Review: A Journal of Poetry, Kolkata, India. Barrina is a current member of the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN), a Director of Us Mob Writing (UMW) and a contributor and editor of Too Deadly Our Voice Our Way Our Business.

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