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1 Night-blooming Cereus Natalie D-Napoleon , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 February no. 95 2020;
Author's note: After the Sally Mann photograph “Night-blooming Cereus, 1988”
1 Black Swan i "I pluck from my", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , December no. 24 2019;
1 1 y separately published work icon First Blood Natalie D-Napoleon , Port Adelaide : Ginninderra Press , 2019 17525158 2019 selected work poetry 'In First Blood, Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize winner Natalie D-Napoleon brings us a collection of poems that challenge our preconceptions of girlhood. Girls are sung about the world over, yet the selfhood of girls remains unknown: ‘her body was not hers, a stitch / of animal, a pinch of dirt, a girl / is made of words plus liquid minus time’. The daughter of Croatian immigrant farmers, D-Napoleon stitches together this debut collection of poems-as-memoir into a web of poems both created and found. The poems in First Blood explore our sense of belonging, confronting the bodily, visceral, antediluvian connections that we share with our homelands: ‘I am a seedling / plucked from my mother’s womb / …transplanted into the sand’.The fractured, post-colonial world of the poet’s rural Western Australian childhood is found in her formal explorations of the sestina, pantoum and sonnet, a dissimilitude that sits beside erasure poetry, free verse and random text generation. Between carrots and dust, short skirts and books, the poet unlearns herself and the stories of girls, forgotten and unseen, exploring the dreams countless generations have sown into the land – the zemlja – and how this legacy impacts upon the mythic creation and destruction of girlhood.' (Publication summary)
1 Syzygy i "You play the spoons on your thigh, I play", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: StylusLit , September no. 6 2019;
1 Careful i "Squid ink risotto dark as the depths of the Mediterranean Sea; handmade gnocchi", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Multilingual Writing Project , May no. 2 2019;
1 Crossing Natalie D-Napoleon , 2019 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 78 no. 1 2019; (p. 164-169)

'It all started with a question I should never have asked. 'So, do you have sexual fantasies?' 

'I was thinking about how we'd both been reading Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden, popular once again now in the post-AIDSis- going-to-kill-us-all nineties, and how liberating it was to share fantasies that were once thought to be taboo.' (Publication abstract)

1 Pioneer Day i "Once I was a wilderness,", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Landscapes , vol. 9 no. 1 2019;
1 Zemlja i "I am the coloniser and", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Landscapes , vol. 9 no. 1 2019;
1 Your Mother Says It Was the Books i "Your mother says it was the books", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 44 no. 1/2 2018; (p. 145-146)
1 Tell a Story i "Tell a story", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 44 no. 1/2 2018; (p. 144)
1 A Fluid Border Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poets Facing the Wall 2018; (p. 57)
1 Border Crossings Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poets Facing the Wall 2018; (p. 56)
1 On Day 1, We Will Begin Working Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poets Facing the Wall 2018; (p. 46)
1 Mother Cento i "From my mother's sadness, which was,", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: What Are Birds? , December vol. 1 no. 1 2018;
1 Stay in One Place to Be Found i "She, I think I can call her that, had seen the Great Depression pass, and", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Pelican Magazine , November 2018;
Author's note: Upon the Cleaving of a Moreton Bay Fig Tree at UWA
1 No Box i "I used to say,", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 78 no. 2 2018; (p. 78-80)
1 Bird Song i "when I was old", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Anthology 2018; (p. 25)
1 Family History i "She used to wear mini skirts and drive a red mini. He used to spray DDT because it", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: StylusLit , March no. 3 2018;
1 Cementerio (Cemetery) Natalie D-Napoleon , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: To Give Life a Shape : Poems Inspired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art 2017;
1 I Here Things i "I hear things", Natalie D-Napoleon , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 7 no. 2 2017; (p. 25)
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