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Robert Verdon

Robert Verdon (also known as Auntie Rhoberta) pens poetry and prose and pushes 56 in Canberra. He is hoping for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Robert is author of The Well-Scrubbed Desert (Canberra: Polonius Press, 1994), Her Brilliant Career (Canberra: Aberrant Genotype Press, 1998), My Cat Eats Spaghetti (Canberra: Ginninderra Press, 2000), and [with Caroline Ambrus] The Artful Dole Bludger (Queanbeyan: IrrePRESSible Press, 2000).

He has been writing and publishing in magazines since the 1970s, but is yet to bag that elusive Nobel.



  the sun rises,
  round rice-cracker over my broad beans
  which rarely flower
  I am a flathead on a sandbar
  caught between the ends and means

  pale sun, pale sun
  you and I have no place here
  we do not belong to the harvest
  even Hamaguchi’s
  we may as well be lost
  in a post office-box, unpaid for,
  speeding to the dead-letter office


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