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


David Adès is a widely published poet and short story writer. He is the author of Mapping the World, the chapbook Only the Questions Are Eternal and Afloat in Light.

David won the Wirra Wirra Vineyards Short Story Prize 2005. Mapping the World was commended for the FAW Anne Elder Award 2008.

David's poems have been read on the Australian radio poetry program Poetica and have also featured on the U.S. radio poetry program Prosody. David's poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has won the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize and has been shortlisted twice for the Newcastle Poetry Prize. His poems have been Highly Commended in the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize, a finalist in the Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize and commended for the Reuben Rose Poetry Prize.

David lives in Sydney with his wife and three children. His website is at

David Adès

Page 1 | 2 | 3



In moments of absorption
my tongue slips out onto my upper lip —
I breathe through my father's mouth.


The shoes he left behind
are too big for me to fill.

I wear them anyway

taking him with me
where he cannot take himself.