Emily Manger

Deakin University

she said

I’ll tell my friends we’re dating

I’ll announce it on the facebook

once you change your profile picture


you see

my mum’s friends

will see

that I go out with an unwashed pirate


witch-doctor with dirty dreams

and cigarette butt eyes

a rebel who’ll neverever be


youthful as senility

colourful as gum on the pavement

sensitive as scorn

married to the icy breeze of solitude

and unfaithful to her



Emily Manger spends her days writing poems and her nights performing them around Melbourne’s spoken word scene. Occasionally, she even works on her PhD thesis.