Elly McDonald


Rough Diamond (1982)

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A girl with a smile

That buckles and bucks

Like a porn performer –

I like her

Here, pierced by sunlight

She’s laughing

We’re laughing we both

Have stars at our fingertips

Caught in our hair

Lascivious zircon-sly laugh-needle


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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