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Special N.02 – Poets speak up to Adani


by Kevin Brophy

Since she arrived in

our small apartment

we’ve become newly

aware of the beauty

of light in this room

at the building’s top.

We show her the view

of landmarks below

and re-discover

them ourselves.


The apartment’s larger,

more capacious.

Who would have thought

we had so much room here

for another person’s world.


The rooms breathe outwards

open themselves to this

wide-eyed visitor

as if she was always

what was needed

to perfect the place.

Published: August 2022
Kevin Brophy

is the author of thirteen books of essays, fiction and poetry. He is a co-editor of TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. He is a member of the independent publishing collective, Five Islands Press. His most recent book of poetry is Walking,: New and Selected Poems (St Kilda: John Leonard Press, 2013). He teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.

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