Almanac Poetry (and Food): Stargazy Pie

Stargazy Pie. (Source: Alchetron website)


Stargazy Pie


The pilchards in

stargazy pie

look wistfully up

at the evening sky,

open-mouthed and wondering why

they are gazing at the stars.


(Acknowledgements: first published in Tamba journal, 1999; then in Vigorous Vernacular, Picaro Press, 2008, reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018.)


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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose.


  1. Kevin Densley says

    Anyone actually had a stargazy pie?

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Apparently, one doesn’t eat the the head or tail of the fish, but simply discards those. The fish is placed as it is so the oils present in the fish head run back down into the pie and add to the taste.

  3. What a cracker!

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Dips!

    Poems such as this make me hungry – in fact, I might try to create one of these pies myself!

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