Poems

Damian Balassone’s poems and articles have appeared in a variety of Australian and international publications, including Quadrant, Overland, Arena, Eureka Street, Australian Poetry Journal, Reader’s Digest, First Things, Light Poetry Magazine and Lighten Upas well as being broadcast on ABC Radio and praised in The Age.   This page acts as a map for poems published online, as well as providing details of forthcoming publications:

The Galaxy for Our Eyes and 4 other poems in Blackmail Press.

Dandaloo and Byron Loved the Sea in New Formalist.

Pinocchio On StageThe Lemur, Nigella’s Gnocchi, Actor’s Lament and Beauty and the Billionaire in various editions of Lighten Up.  You will also find Masquerade of Man on the Interval pages.

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

The Attitudes in Light Poetry Magazine (poem of the week).

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.

In Praise of Carbohydrates in The Footy Almanac, originally published in Quadrant.

Judas and Jezebel and Song of a Deaf Poet in various editions of Eureka Street.

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

The Last Bison in Green Left Weekly.

The Blue Bay Café and Two Mirrors in Mused: Bella Online Literary Review.

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

The Sportsman or the Scientist? in The Roar.  This poem also appears in the anthology And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems.

Friend of the Devil in Stereo Stories.

The Lighthouse in Anansesem, previously published in Footprints.

Daniel Yammacoona is available from Readings Bookstores.

Prince of the Apple Towns is available from Brotherhood Books.

Daniel Yammacoona reviewed at Cordite.

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.

Other poems recently published in print form include:

A Day in the Lie, Tinnitus, The Lotus Looters, Strange Dismissal, The Tears of Spock, Cleopatra, Maps, Bathroom Wars, Accolades for the Acolyte, In Praise of Carbohydrates, The Importance of Religion, The Wooer, Strange Rain, Taylor Swift, The iMirror and The Difference in various editions of Quadrant (chosen by the legendary Les Murray).  Poems are available in pixel via the Quadrant pay wall.

Dandaloo in Arena magazine.

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

The Writer’s New Book in Reader’s Digest.

The Sorrento (1950) in Australian Sea Heritage.

The Last Bison in Deadly Vibe.

Judas and Jezebel in The Mozzie.

The Stonefish in Sea Things (a project commissioned by ABC Radio National and the The Red Room Company).  There’s also a short poem by Damian in the Red Room Company initiative The Disappearing (which originally appeared in Haiku Dreaming).

The Flower Girls of Fiji and The Messiah from Moe in Australian Poetry Journal (Sotto).

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

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