Elly McDonald


Going There (1984)

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Always these intersecting lines

a railway junction, a train

terminal: wires and bolts, a barrier parallel

to the sky. Below looking up

Always these greys, it’s always

raining. A crossroad leading to a street

that bends. Downwards: bitumen and pitch

black shadows, sharp

iron railings: a vertical grid

lights refracted, unbroken


Always at an angle, cold slabs drained sinister

impassive, oppressive, too narrow too

tall perpendicular dull white and upright


Author: Elly McDonald

Worked in the Australian rock music industry as a journalist and published widely as a poet before moving to London and spending the better part of a decade in advertising agencies. Returned to Australia and tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also briefly as a high school classroom teacher. Has travelled Western Europe, North Africa, Russia, Northern India, East Asia, coastal USA, some Pacific Islands, and Australia.

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