Kate Lilley

(1960 - / Perth / Australia)

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Kate Lilley (born 1960) is a contemporary Australian poet and academic.

Kate Lilley was born in Perth, Western Australia and moved to Sydney with her family. She is the daughter of writers Dorothy Hewett and Merv Lilley.

After studying at the University of Sydney she completed a PhD at University of London on masculine elegy.


Lilley published her first volume of poems, Versary, in 2002. She is Associate Professor of English at The University of Sydney. Lilley edited The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish (Penguin Classics, 1994). In 2010 she edited Dorothy Hewett's Selected Poems for UWA Press.

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Nicky's World

As the plot rocks back and forth on a pinhead
count to fifteen very slowly.
By that time you should be alone again
contemplating your evening.

You could go for a ride and take a fall,
break your back and welcome an addiction —
or ask Miguel to serve drinks by the pool,
that hunky contractor might stop by.

Finally there’s a knock at the door,
a lady policeman shows her badge.
She’s asking if these unusual cufflinks
belong to the father of your children.

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