Almanac Poetry: Death 101


Sylvia Plath, London, 1961. [Wikimedia Commons.]


Death 101


Sylvia Plath’s
later years
were consumed by study
for this exam,


the very one
where the final result
is never received
by the candidate.




(Acknowledgements: first published in Centoria, 2001, then in my first poetry collection, Vigorous Vernacular, Picaro Press, 2008; reprinted by 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.


  1. Karl Dubravs says

    Hi Kevin
    Always take the time to read your latest piece of poetry.
    Not only are they tasty bite size chunks, but they have a delicate & intriguing aftertaste…that lingers longer than one would expect.
    cheers, Karl

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for taking the time to read my poetry, Karl.

    I’m pleased that, for you, the poems have a lingering effect. That is what poetry should strive for, I feel.

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