Heat waves and hotel hibernation

The climate is collapsing, temperatures are going to increase and we are all going to die slow sweaty deaths. That is people who are the most vulnerable will. This is something I think about and I am pretty sure I am not the only one. When I saw that Melbourne was going to experience a…

Zooming House

You take photos of me in the Escher and Nendo exhibition at The NGV.   You take  the photos of me crawling in as far as I can go into an installation designed by Oki Sato entitled Zooming House (2018).  Should you leave me it would be all the photos you took of me that would haunt…

we are all glow worms

The storm is rough and angry. The boat is being hurled about on choppy water like it is a ball of scrunched up newspaper. the rain is heavy the lightening frequent. I stand in a room with a bunch of cowardly men who are willing to make shady dealings that will result in the pain…

The body keeps score.

I am chatting around a table in a backyard in rural South Australia. It is a sunny hot afternoon and I am with my sister and some of her friends. We are a group of young women sharing secrets and they mostly involve men and how we should best exist in this world alongside their…

Super Fun Mormon Guilt Play list

Hell in Every Religion by Stevie Jean https://youtu.be/juFasWxqcQ4 Crucify by Tori Amos https://youtu.be/jhSM1MrNxp0 Losing His Touch by Jack Off Jill https://youtu.be/sqVVtEsbYlg Judith by A Perfect Circle https://youtu.be/yzf09PYSuhk Mansion In The Sky by Brian Jonestown Massacre https://youtu.be/118r-5-T8oI Opiate by TOOL https://youtu.be/xt0Zqo-vOFM Gods Love by Bad Religion https://youtu.be/R0w2kQf0bjI This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush https://youtu.be/pSCQPSrlNbk Running Up That Hill by Placebo https://youtu.be/x5GuBa4Bbnw Head Like A Hole…

“At night I marry the bed” published on the Meanjin Blog

December 14, 2018 Just don’t do it: the cornerstone of the Mormon religion. When I was thirteen, I was visiting my friend from church. She had an eleven-year-old brother. While I was visiting, his parents caught him rubbing his crotch up and down the pantry door. He had obviously just discovered how amazing it felt….

Wednesday Writing

The last two nights I have slept through till morning. No waking up at two am gasping for breath in a panic. no anxiety stomach cramps. Unfortunately my rare deep sleep on Tuesday morning meant I didn’t stir when my partner thought he had locked himself out on his way to work without his car…

Red Dirt Poetry Festival

Highlights of Red Dirt Poetry Festival in Alice Springs August 2-5 2018 For the first time I get my flights and accommodation covered for being a performer in a festival. It makes me feel incredible and dare I say it: like a real writer who is valued. The event organizer herself Laurel Jane May picks…

July and Jess have the same amount of letters

When I met him at the arrival gate after six weeks apart I burst into tears as he wrapped me up in a hug. The tears were a surprise to both of us. It was not that I had been unable to function without him around. Its just that I was glad he was back…