Originally from Saskatchewan, Allan Lake has lived in Vancouver, Cape Breton Island, Ibiza, Tasmania and, for now, Melbourne. Collection: Sand in the Sole (2014). Lake won Lost Tower Publications (UK) Poetry Comp 2017 and Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Festival Comp 2018. Besides Australia, he has been published in Canada, UK, USA, Mauritius, India, West Indies, Italy and Nigeria.
Your sharp word, at such a moment, poked a hOle where
cumulus of comfort usually pools. Operating table
hard and cold like single syllable that's now
lodged and festering in gut-tangle
under fresh wound. Evidence
of the power of words,
even a short