Lizz Murphy’s seventh poetry title is Portraits (PressPress, January 2013). Previous titles include: Portraits & Six Hundred Dollars (PressPress 2013 & 2010), Walk the Wildly (Picaro 2009), Stop Your Cryin (Island 2004), Two Lips Went Shopping (Spinifex 2000). She has also published five anthologies and community publications. She was the joint winner of the 2011 Rosemary Dobson Poetry Prize and in 2013 was Highly Commended in the Blake Poetry Prize and a finalist in the UK's Aesthetica Poetry Competition. Lizz is currently coordinating Poetry: The Indelible Stencil a region-wide poetry and public art project in partnership with Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) and its local governments. She lives in Binalong NSW, facilitates poetry workshops around the place and blogs semi-regularly at A Poet's Slant:


The wound is a heel print[1]

in the infant’s chest

The photo triggers a skirmish


No No –


No No –

Public display/De-sensitizing

No No


Yes Yes –

I am from this country

Yes Yes –

Tell the world

Yes Yes


Facebook duels

Facebook debates

Facebook rages

Shoot the bloodletting

Fire the images across the cosmos

The war on small bodies still wages[2]


[1]From a media image and caption posted on social media

[2]Alludes to the poem Small Bodies published in Red Bird by Mary Oliver (Bloodaxe Books 2008)

In response to Claine Keily’s ‘And then it comes’


for Jane


She is the woman who writes

on roads

white calligraphy materializing

in the cracks of dawn


Makeshift shelter
No latrines for girls
No protection for girls
Makeshift night

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