Summer 1978 | Rachael Mead

after Alison Flett


chlorine and filtergulp

toes grubwhite rawpad

slapstep on pebbleedge 

hotskin coldskin dive


drygrass and prickleburr

cousinshriek knifesharp 

can’tswim uncle shallowend

pooledge jesuschrist


bodybrown and slipperyseal

diplegs kink bubbleblue 

tongue hotchip saltburn

iceblock orangesmile


sisterpink and babyoil 

hollowcheek mum cigdrag 

wobblehouse on watershine

mozziepot flameflinch 


brutalblue and heavyheat

auntgossip smokecurl

last simple summery

toosoon skinfret body-worry







Rachael Mead is a poet, short story writer and arts critic living in South Australia. Her poetry collections include The Flaw in the Pattern (UWAP 2018), The Sixth Creek (Picaro Press 2013) and she has a collection of short fiction forthcoming in 2020.

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