Ekphrastic Poetry

A community of poets came together to respond to the photographic exhibition, Lunch Bars of Perth by Brett Leigh Dicks at Ellenbrook Arts. The photographs document the impact of humans on the landscape despite people being absent from the photos. The humble lunch bar has a place in memory for many West Australians but is now relegated typically to the industrial sites for weekday workers. Lunch Bars like many other family owned businesses are being replaced by multi-national conglomerates. These also include; hardwares, roadhouses and milk bars over east. I was instantly inspired to respond to the photograph of wrapped sandwiches that can be found in lunch bars. Ten West Australian poets came together to read their responses to various images. The exhibition is opened for another two weeks and the poems will be placed by each image for you to read.

Published by Lisa Collyer Poet

Lisa Collyer is a poet and educator living and working on Whadjuk Nyoongar Boodja. She writes poetry with a focus on women’s bodies like the jagged edge of a can opened-up. Her work appears in Westerly, Cordite, Australian Poetry, and Rabbit. She is short listed for The Dorothy Hewett Award for her unpublished manuscript, How to Order Eggs Sunny Side Up.

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