Elly McDonald


Meat (Lennie’s Song) (1981)

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are made to invade and to hit

grim-faced and intense, they force me to feel

nothing but them: they bruise me

then leave me

pleading for pain, and all abused flesh

like meat on a spit

Some lamb


so when I’m empty

I want to be beaten

down, again, or to slash my face

which men have seen but

Men die

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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