Hal Judge

Hal Judge is an emerging provocative writer from Canberra. His poems have been published in over 20 literary publications in Australia and overseas. His concrete poem “Area Denial” won the ACT Writers Centre Award in 2006. He has performed poetry on ABC radio and at many venues around Australia. He has recited poetry in Sydney, Hobart, Launceston, Darwin, Canberra, Ubud, Jakarta and Palembang (Indonesia). Hal is an accomplished performance poet, twice winner of the Battle of the Bards in the ACT Writers Festival. The Canberra Times literature reviewers commented on Hal Judge’s ability “to cross-social boundaries” and described his poetry as “satirical, acerbic, highly successful”.


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eNews 33: Commentary by Assistant Editor Mary Trabucco



she’s casual about sex
she can switch gender anytime
she makes love quietly
not like a cat.

she’ll never criticise
another mollusc
oyster, clam
or sea-slug

she never takes more
than her small share
she’s a pacifist
and vegan

she blinks like the stars
on rainy days she gets busy
her trail sparkles
silver in the sun

this is not a metaphor
about love
or ideology
it’s about a snail

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