Damian Balassone


State of the Nation Address

The more he speaks, the more it seems
his lines are all rehearsed,
and English is his second language—
Yeti is his first.

The Christian Suitor

“The sacred Song of Songs—
that poetry of Cupid—
decrees that you and I
should shag each other stupid.”

A Jewish Boy Looks Back

The first eight days of life are bliss.
You suck, then sleep, then poo and piss.
But then they take you to the bris…
it all goes pear-shaped after this.

Damian Balassone’s poems have appeared in a variety of Australian and international publications and have been broadcast on ABC Radio. His most recent collection of poetry is Daniel Yammacoona.