It’s not really my fault, officer. It’s Jayden Baker’s.Read More
By Oliver Mol
But I knew the world was full of good things too a week later my neighbours had puppies me and Daniel played with the puppies there were seven puppies they kissed our hands and feet and mouths that evening I begged dad for Jojo she was the runt of the litter a week later he said, "Yes" then I screamed, "Yes" too me and Daniel put Jojo on a skateboard we showed her slip & slides we dressed her up in capes told her what a trampoline was five years later Daniel fell off his BMX taking a turn too hard and suffered brain damage and a year after that our neighbour died of cancer but before that everyone was happy everyone was healthy and alive and on that first night me and Jojo slept together beneath a blanket with our hearts pressed together while the grass frosted outside and we dreamed the dreams of children we dreamed the world wasn’t sad and people didn’t hurt we dreamed that everyone belonged.
Lucy and I moved to Melbourne we moved into a squat with some friends it was an old abattoir and there were newspapers on the floor from 1970 I remember they were yellow slowly all our friends moved out and this new guy moved in he was maybe 35 he had a rat tail didn't believe in showers or “work” one time I came home and he said, "I need $2.75 for a new gas canister" another time I came home this girl was giving him a hand job on the couch they were both wearing bathrobes the following week we had a party I did a reading and then some bands played and later a bunch of kids got on the roof one of the kids was the bassist from the band and she fell through the roof and died.
One time me and mum were walking through Mount Coot-tha I told her the story about the drug dealer who buried 1000 “white heart” pills somewhere on Mount Coot-tha I told her the guy had a mate in the police force who’d tipped him off so he dumped the pills in a black garbage bag brought a shovel and set off towards the mountain he dug himself a hole then popped the pills inside except the next day he couldn’t find them and even now people still go digging with shovels and spades because maybe if they found them they could feel the feelings they'd felt in the past and not feel lonely anymore.
I woke up feeling edgy
After certain drinks last night
And some lines
And smokeRead More
On my wedding night I lay in bed for forty-five minutes before I realised I was alone. I fantasize about sleeping alone, these days. Julie is my wife.Read More
For two days the Biggun’s strongmen slogged and bogged up the Mud Road, sniffing the thief out with their meanest dogs. They found him slumped against a lightning-blasted stump, deep in a gasp-dream, eyes rolled back, blood running down his left crook.Read More
I remember the writhing in my chest, like the swelling of an undiscovered organ just beneath my breast plate. The fever appeared shortly after.Read More
At first, critics celebrated my use of blues and greens. ‘A colour field abstractionist who brought figuration and landscape back,’ they wrote. Whatever.Read More
Beginning in August 2011 I lived off Parramatta Road in Chloe’s studio apartment for 119 days, but not once did I consider us ‘a couple’ or ‘an item’ or any other romantic variation.Read More
She decided to wait for him to speak first this time and she waited a very long time.Read More
Wednesday mornings her school takes Mass. The students shuffle into the chapel and the priest’s ruddy face gleams over them, his flock, in a content and smug way that only a childless man’s can.Read More
My first boyfriend, Ryan Forster, took up boxing when we started seeing each other. We would meet at the RSL, in front of whichever screen displayed a match.Read More
They lay on their backs in the hollow fist of the oak grove and looked up at the golden points of light in the exosphere.Read More
I was searching for my daughter who had been kidnapped.Read More
Geraldine knew she didn’t need her lips anymore. She did not care to eat and had no one to talk to, or to kiss. She decided to cut them off.Read More
Eli thought about buying a lawn mower. He stood at the door looking at the backyard. He couldn’t attribute everything to the codeine however.Read More
The man throws a shovel at me and tells me to dig. It’s heavy, construction grade, and slips through my hands onto the ground beside me.Read More