James Charlton

James Charlton

Melbourne / Australia
James Charlton
Melbourne / Australia
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James Charlton is an Australian poet and writer in the area of interfaith and interreligious studies. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1947, Charlton has lived mostly in Tasmania. He completed a MA at the University of Cambridge and a PhD at the University of Tasmania. Poetry editor of the Australian literary quarterly Island from 2002 to 2008, he d ...
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Truganini’s Soliloquy
I have known Earth’s texture
like another skin.
All my life I have seen
the unseen entities. Each one
To Governor George Arthur In Heaven
You didn’t fornicate, swear or drink.
You didn’t cheat or hate.
Each night, studying Scripture,
you thanked the Lord for dying to save you.
Sister Spider
This large, sedentary spider
which shares our bathroom,
Your absence
holds the shape
of your face.
Luminous Bodies
Her old VW
mows the dirt road
to my shack,


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