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Issue # 8 September 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Stuart Barnes' poems have been shortlisted for major Australian prizes & published at online & in print journals & newspapers including Mascara Literary Review, The Warwick Review & The Weekend Australian Review; others are forthcoming at Otoliths, in fourW twenty-three & Blasphemy. 'Mother and Son', creative nonfiction about his coming out, can be read at Verity La (
He edits PASH capsule (, a magazine of love poetry, & is working on the manuscript for his first book of poetry. Currently he lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Stuart Barnes

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The Sea Anemones

in memory of Gwen Harwood,
who encouraged the eleven-year-old
me to write poetry

after her poem of the same name


  • Not flowers, no, animals that must 
  • eat or
  •  die.