Damian Balassone’s poems have appeared in over 100 publications, most notably in The New York Times, Quadrant, Arena, Eureka Street, Reader’s Digest, First Things, Light Poetry Magazine and Lighten UpHis third collection of poetry Strange Game in a Strange Land is forthcoming from Wilkinson Publishing.  

This page acts as a map for poems published online, as well as providing details of forthcoming publications:

A Day in the Lie, a selection of office-themed poems in Eureka Street.

The Girl Who Hugs Dogs in Quadrant.

The iMirror, a selection of internet-themed poems in Eureka Street.

The Galaxy for Our Eyes and The Book of Original Clichés in Blackmail Press.


Byron Loved the Sea in InDaily Poet’s Corner.


Pinocchio On Stage, Nigella’s Gnocchi, Actor’s Lament and Beauty and the Billionaire in various editions of Lighten Up.

Papal Nation, a selection of Italian-themed poems in Eureka Street. 

Donna’s Doonas and Defrocked in various editions of Light Poetry Magazine (America’s oldest and best-known journal of light verse).

The Mormon and the Mermaid in Shot Glass Journal.

Jeremiah’s Lament for Josiah in First Things.

The Shell Collector in Tongues of the Ocean.


Toil in The New York Times (about half way down the page).

Judas and Jezebel in Eureka Street (about half way down the page).

Dylan, the Devil and Judas in Overland.   For further exploration of recurring  themes in Dylan’s lyrics see the article Jokerman.


The Last Bison in Green Left Weekly, previously published in Deadly Vibe.

The Blue Bay Café and Two Mirrors  in Mused.

A John Fogerty Odyssey in Stereo Stories.

The Lotus Looters in the Red Room Poetry project New Shoots.

Boxcutter Blues in The New Verse News.

The Man from Moe, Sailing to Gothenburg and The Leprechaun Kingdom in News Weekly.


Damian’s second collection of poems Daniel Yammacoona can be purchased from Readings.  Of the 45 poems featured, all have previously been published with excerpts of the title piece Daniel Yammacoona also broadcast on ABC Radio.  Daniel Yammacoona is a sweeping narrative poem with a desert setting, fused with themes of family, country, Australian football and other contemporary issues that touch the human spirit.


Daniel Yammacoona reviewed at Cordite.

Dandaloo from the collection Prince of the Apple Towns, also published in Arena, Lucid Rhythms and Deadly Vibe.


Footy Quatrains in the sports journal Long Bombs to Snake.  It is reviewed in The Age by Martin Flanagan here with a nice reference to Damian’s poetry.

The Black and White Song and Dance, a memoir about a great sea voyage, a father and a son, and a strange game in a strange land.

Carnival of Colours and To Jay-Z at The Asses of Parnassus.

Blue Moon River in Snakeskin.

The Rainmaker a tribute to Burt Lancaster in Verse Wisconsin.rainmaker






Other poems recently published in print form include:

A Day in the Lie, Larkin was a Larrikin, On Bail in Bali, Strange Dismissal, The Tears of Spock, Accolades for the Acolyte, In Praise of Carbohydrates, Barry Gibb, Strange Rain and many other poems in various editions of Quadrant (chosen by the legendary Les Murray).  Poems are available in pixel via the Quadrant pay wall.

The Giant Badgers of Basra in Australian Rationalist in response to a story that giant badgers were roaming the streets of Basra.

The Sportsman or the Scientist? in the international anthology of sports poems And the Crowd Goes Wild.


The Flower Girls of Fiji in Australian Poetry Journal.


And for sports fans who lean towards the feats of the mercurial: the 35 greatest goals from the boot of Peter Daicos.