What’s new

New collections

The Orlando Files. Poems of Dissent and Social Commentary for Performance (Ginninderra Press, 2018)

Forthcoming: Acting Like a Girl (Recent Work Press, 2019)

Just published

‘On Returning Home’ (Axon: Creative Explorations, 8.2, Turning Points: Narratives, health, and speaking the self, November 2018)

‘Lengthen the Hem’, ‘Home’, ‘Spring in the mountains’ (Silver Fugue, anthology of the School of Music Poets, edited by Hazel Hall, Ginninderra Press, 2018)

‘in the mountains’, ‘in the shopping centre’, ‘she cleans her rifle’, ‘pickup trucks in convoy’, ‘until the guns stop’, ‘lists of those missing’, ‘she does what she knows’, ‘travel paper stamped’, ‘some streets’, ‘rainbow T-shirt’ (Atlas Poetica: a journal of world tanka, 34, Autumn 2018, special issue on genocide)

Upcoming performances

Launch of Acting Like a Girl, Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, 18 March 2019

National Folk Festival, Canberra: Spoken Word, Featured Poet, 18–22 April 2019

Manning Clark House, Canberra, 23 May 2019

See Performance for more information about these events

Monthly event

Not Very Quiet at Smith’s Alternative
Third Monday of the month

Sandra co-convenes a varied program of women’s poetry in a relaxed cafe venue.

Smith’s Alternative
76 Alinga Street, Canberra City
7pm to 9pm


straight-forward gender-queer interdiction in seven words

On December 15, 2017, as reported in the Washington Post, the Trump Administration gave a directive to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that official documents being prepared for the 2018 budget were not to contain the following words:  Vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, science-based.

it’s more than a haircut, no clue in the clothes, our life and times are loaded, identity locked in binary, while the whole world is playing at drag

our position is unstable, from birth we are contradiction, looking different is one thing, a dangerous interdiction — not being clear is unwise, cross-wise

we’re careless with androgyny, insouciant with psychology that’s non-specific with inventions of desire both tactical and strategic

transgender is transcendence, vulnerable multiplicity — in cross-dressing we show intention, providing evidence-based intervention

it’s in the foetus and the embryo — our conviction that variety is more than in the binary… our entitlement is diversity

ambiguity is chameleon, identity is fluidity, science-based incorruptibility highlights truth — that’s in the evidence… it’s all something etymological

the words-based imbroglio of jeopardy in heterogeneity sees our queer bodies as vulnerable to the evangelical

we’re pushing back with queer, at odds with norms spelling false legitimacy, an unaligned body is gender-queer, what’s queer is clear— ambiguity

queer is bright in the spotlight, what are you looking at? what are ya? a straight forward, chameleon, interdiction

Note: interdiction is a military term for the act of delaying, disrupting or destroying enemy forces or supplies enroute to the battle area (Wikipedia)