Photography © Jennifer Matthews


Eve, while taking a Break, Presses the Evolution Button

Watching them crawl from the water,
I want these glistening creatures.

I know what they become.
I want the hardness of their thinking,

deftness of their muscles, hum of their metabolism,
swell and beat of their circulatory system.

I want them to be my new Gods.
I want them to reach deep into me

– a simple collection of cells,
a replication of the means of replicating –

I want them to set me in motion
an autonomic nervous system

nose down, seeking a mate
ready to pull rib from flesh.


Geoffrey Callard is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based writer. He has had poetry published in numerous journals and in a number of anthologies – which never ceases to surprise him. He works providing financial advice to vulnerable people and has been focused on writing poetry over the last three years. “That, a loving family, music, warmth, good food and a roof over my head… a lot to be grateful for.”

Poet/Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.