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Megan McKinlay's first collection of poems.

Megan McKinlay's first collection of poems ranges widely over subject and tone, from the witty mockery of herself and her publisher in "Spoken Word Blues" to the maternal concern of "Travels Without My Daughter". Cleanskin introduces an effervescent, intelligent voice into West Australian and Australian poetry, one which plays with imagery and firm statement in exploring the relationship between time past and time present and a contemporary balance between uncertainties and certainty. Here is a poetry that seeks ends, but without any sense of things ever ending.


  • Spoken Word Blues
  • Travels Without my Daughter
  • Half-light
  • On Being Agnostic
  • Ancestor Games
  • In China
  • Chinese Whispers
  • Afterglow
  • Stillborn
  • Missing
  • Walter
  • Poet Registers at Centrelink
  • Piercing
  • Seizure
  • Chopping Block
  • Breakdown
  • Headlong
  • Pathfinder
  • Reunion
  • Boy (for Ross)
  • Fundamentalism
  • Driftwood
  • Blowhole
  • Taking the Plunge
  • Looking for Les Murray
  • Nihon wa Nagai, ne?