dedicated to the kookaburra Refugee from bushfire, smoke and storm— will mincemeat do? Sorry for your loss of habitat. Thanks for dropping in. I don’t blame you for not eating from my open hand. On this day of absences, will you laugh for a woman thinking of the dead? No matter, old love. Your presence says much about acceptance and survival.
K A Nelson is a Canberra poet. In 2010 she won a major poetry prize. Since then her work has been widely published in the Canberra Times, Arena, Mascara Literary Journal, Rabbit and elsewhere. Recent Work Press published her first collection, Inlandia, in 2018. She has contributed to, and was guest editor for Not Very Quiet, Issue 4 in 2019, a Canberra-based online journal for women poets.