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Women knit at the foot of the guillotine. Hundreds of blackbirds tumble suddenly from the sky. Red Riding Hood's grandmother speaks from the belly of the wolf. Santa Lucia offers you her eyes on a platter. These poems present a panorama, by turns historical, mythical, and modern, of horrors and absurdities both familiar and obscure. 'Perhaps not fox nor axe, but something gives us chase' - and the only thing more difficult than bearing witness is turning away.

* Shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 2015. 

* Shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, Queensland Literary Awards, 2016.

Photograph © Chloe Wilson

Chloe Wilson’s work has appeared in Best Australian PoemsAward Winning Australian WritingELLE AustraliaThe Big Issue, The Southampton ReviewAustralian Poetry JournalAustralian Book ReviewReview of Australian FictionCorditeIslandThe Sleepers AlmanacMeanjin and Chicago Literati, among others. Her stories have been shortlisted for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and ‘Tongue-Tied’ won the 2019 Iowa Review Fiction Prize, judged by Rebecca Makkai. She is also the author of two poetry collections, The Mermaid Problem and Not Fox Nor Axe, which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. Her poem “Soft Serve” recently won the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Chloe is a former Voiceworks Poetry Editor and holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, where she currently lives.

  • Publisher: Hunter Publishers (September 25, 2015)
  • Length: 112 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780994352804