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Nola Firth

full immersion

in fat brown lakes

roof islands over our sunken beds

water falling from sky    falling down    all fall down

the gravity of water urgent to sea  do we see

do we see the mud   the mud maps left   the clues if we look

the puzzle in the pile of dented empty tanks  swollen

drawers that no longer fit   books turned to mush

the message no longer in fine print

Closeup of a Black Dog

In addition to academic publications and a biography Nola Firth has published two poetry collections: Even if the Sun (Melbourne Poets Union, 2013), and Counting on Murwillumbah, (Mark Time Books, 2018). Nola has been short listed for several national poetry prizes, won the Byron Writers Festival Dangerously Poetic Poetry Prize in 2017 and was equal winner of the Rhonda Jancovic Literary Award in 2015. She holds a Phd and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Churchill Fellow. She moved from Victoria to Murwillumbah New South Wales in 2016 and in 2022 was elected as a Greens Councillor for the Tweed Shire Council.

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