Almanac Poetry: Beautiful Submerged Things


Ophelia, by John Everett Millais, oil on canvas, 1851-2. Tate Britain, London. [Wikimedia Commons.]


Beautiful Submerged Things


Shakespeare’s Ophelia
Painted by Millais
—floating hair, wildflowers.


Virginia Woolf
Put stones in her pockets,
breasted the stream.


Sylvia Plath,
in ‘Lorelei’,
yearned to be ferried
down there.


Full fathom five
thy father lies…



(Acknowledgement: previously appeared in my third poetry collection, Orpheus in the Undershirt, Ginninderra Press, 2018.)





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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, will be published in late 2023 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. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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