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Tricia Dearborn

Tricia Dearborn

Tricia Dearborn is an award-​winning poet, writer and editor. Her poetry has been widely published in literary journals in Australia, as well as internationally and online, and is represented in anthologies such as “Contemporary Australian Poetry,” “Australian Poetry since 1788” and “The Best Australian Poems.” Tricia is a judge of this year’s University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, which offers $15,000 for the best single poem. Her new collection is “Autobiochemistry,” available at uwap​.uwa​.edu​.au/​p​r​o​d​u​c​t​s​/​a​u​t​o​b​i​o​c​h​e​m​i​s​t​r​y. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

[15] Phosphorus

At school I volunteered to set the lab stockroom in order. Sealed in a navy lab coat I took inventory. Gathered for disposal crumbling samples, mystery solutions. Rewrote acid-​rotted labels. Re-​pickled a funnel-​web. Marvelled at copper’s rosy gleam. Dusted the jar of white phosphorus, a sullen chunk stored underwater. Like it, I felt…
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