New poem in Cordite 88: TRANSQUEER + 2019 Pushcart Prize nomination

I’m thrilled to have a new poem in the TRANSQUEER issue of Cordite, my thanks to the editors (and two of my favourite people/poets) Stuart Barnes and Quinn Eades. The lineup for this issue is incredible, I encourage reading front to back, and then back again!

You can read my poem ‘sillage’ here. This is the first time I’ve (successfully) written a love poem, and I’m pretty stoked to see it sharing digital space with some of my other favourite poets, including Eileen Myles (!), Rae White, Alison Whittaker, Jill Jones, Zenobia Frost, RA Briggs.

Click through and read the entire issue, it’s worth it.

While you’re there check out the poem by Mark Ward, editor of LGBTQ+ online journal Impossible Archetype. My special thanks to Mark for nominating my poem ‘The Weekly’ (published in Issue 4 of Impossible Archetype) for a 2019 Pushcart Prize!! I’m incredibly humbled and thrilled by this nomination. Congratulations to the other Impossible Archetype contributors also nominated: Travis Lau, Emily Holland, Yakov Azriel, SP Mulroy, and Austin Yu.




Published by becjessen

Rebecca Jessen lives in Brisbane. She is the award-winning author of verse-novel Gap (UQP 2014). Rebecca is the winner of the 2015 QLD Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. Her book Gap was shortlisted for the 2015 Sisters In Crime Davitt Award for Best Debut Book. In 2013 Rebecca won the Queensland Literary Award for Best Emerging Author. In 2012 she won the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award. Rebecca’s writing has been published in Overland, Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Mascara Literary Review, Tincture Journal, Verity La, Voiceworks and more. Rebecca is currently studying her Honours in Creative Writing at QUT.

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  1. Thank *you*, Bec. Wonderful to discover one of my favourite people/poets is one of this issue’s poets! I love your love poem (you had me at ‘base notes of black plum’). Congratulations on the Pushcart nomination — fingers & toes crossed! xx

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