Jane Downing

Like a veteran feeling an itch on his amputated limb
I turn on the light to find an absence
where the cat landed on the bed beside me

Jane Downing’s poetry has appeared in journals around Australia including MeanjinCordite, Rabbit, Canberra Times, Bluepepper, Not Very Quiet, Social Alternatives, and Best Australian Poems (2004 & 2015)Her collection, ‘When Figs Fly’ (Close-Up Books) was published in 2019. She can be found at

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