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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


BN Oakman's poetry is widely published in Australia (including in Best Australian Poems 2014 and 2015) and internationally. Recent collections include In Defence of Hawaiian Shirts (IP 2010) and Second Thoughts (IP 2014). In 2016 the actor John Flaus recorded 25 of his poems on a CD titled What did I know?. Once upon a time Oakman was an academic economist.

BN Oakman

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we walked
by the river
words limping across lips
the water's murk clouding your eyes
so grey