Almanac Poetry: Sundays in Geelong



Photo: Eastern Beach, Geelong. Source: WikiCommons




Sundays in Geelong



Sundays in my home town were family days, with my father, mother, two younger sisters. Morning mass at St Mary’s, then fish and chips at Eastern Beach, sharp salt smell of the bay, whiff of rotting seaweed, feeding the leftovers to brawling seagulls. A visit to my grandmother’s: a cup of tea and love. Afternoons watching VFA football on black-and-white TV. Spaghetti for tea (Kookaburra No. 2 tubular), topped with canned Campbell’s sauce. A half-interesting documentary after the 6 pm news about Victoria’s shipwreck coast, voiced with reassuring calm by newsreader, Brian Naylor, many years later to die with his wife in the flames of the Kinglake bushfires.



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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, was 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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