gummy by Joanne Burns

As an extension of Arc’s Canada-Australia joint issue with Australia’s Cordite magazine, over the next several weeks, Arc will be publishing online selected pieces from Australian poets — this is in addition to the Australian poetry published in print in Arc 77. For the Arc-Cordite joint issue, each magazine handed the editorial responsibilities over to the other: so that Cordite filled Arc #77 (and these these webpages) with nothing but Australian poetry, prose and artwork; Arc did the same for Cordite (Arc’s part of this partnership will be published online at Cordite in December 2014). Our intent in this partnership is to showcase and cross-pollinate poetics between Australia and Canada and to share with a broader audience poetry that may be little known outside of home borders.



the première of alcopops
on the astroturf ―

the odometer was no tamer
of jellyfish larceny tenderloin

moments in the harlequin surf
the revamped alumni executive

booked a course in psychoflorescence
in the yukon, etymology more

demure than balderdash


Joanne Burns is a Sydney poet. Her most recent collection of poems is amphora, Giramondo Publishing 2011. She has recently completed a new poetry manuscript, brush.

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