Craig Billingham



Poetry makes nothing happen
— W.H. Auden

After the midday meal
we share a plate of fruit, then retire

to the relative cool
of your abuela’s second room.

You draw the blinds against the open window
cutting the world in two.

We undress
lay on the bed in silence

grateful, at least in most respects
when nothing happens.



Craig Billingham’s first collection of poems, Storytelling, was published in 2007. More recently his writing has appeared in Meanjin, Review of Australian Fiction, and The Best Australian Poems 2012. He lives in the Blue Mountains, NSW.