Damian Balassone


Donna’s Doonas

Donna’s doonas* are for sale;
she’s leaving soon for Innisfail.
She’s sick and tired of being cold
in hypothermic Leopold;
a move to Queensland has transpired
and Donna’s doonas aren’t required.

*”Doona” is Australian slang for a thick quilt or blanket.

Papal Nation

Italians are a people of integrity
who celebrate a celibate celebrity.


The phrase ‘white men can’t dance’ is harsh but fair
…unless of course your name is Fred Astaire.

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.