when I am drained of hope chewed up by the hungry mouth of someone else’s void I dig deep into nature’s pockets come to recall my self never empty
Irina Frolova lives and writes on the Awabakal land in NSW. She has a degree in philology and is currently studying psychology at Deakin University. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Not Very Quiet, Australian Poetry Collaboration, Baby Teeth Journal, Rochford Street Review, The Blue Nib, The Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Live Encounters, Mascara Literary Review, Kalliope X, and various anthologies. Irina’s work speaks to the experience of immigration and a search for belonging. Her first collection of poetry Far and Wild was released by Flying Island Books in 2021. You can find Irina on Facebook @irinafrolovapoet.