Afternoon / 5 July 2020

Judith Bishop

Brief mirrors. 
Glimmers of after
and until. 

Look, how 
tenderly
the tree holds fire.

Every drop trembles, 
saying, No – 
longer –




Judith Bishop’s collection Interval (UQP, 2018) won the 2019 Kenneth Slessor Prize and was shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize for Literature – Best Writing Award in 2018. Judith’s poems have inspired a number of other artworks: two poems from Interval have become lyrics for musical compositions: ‘Aubade’ (Mastaneh Nazarian, 2019), and ‘14 Weeks’ (Jane Stanley, 2021, for Composeher), while ‘Vertical’ is the subject of a short film by Jutta Pryor (2020). 

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