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Clare Rankine

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Things That Helped

I want to have children, I do. Every Friday evening, after work, I catch the two four six bus down punt road. On the bus, there is a girl my age. I’ve never see her face because she sits up the front in the priority seat, and I sit in the back. She wears her hair cut short, she listens to music, sometimes she calls her mum. Her baby sleeps in his pram slowly rocked by her hand.

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An Interview with Caitlin Shearer

On a gentle summer Monday I take the tram to Brunswick to visit fashion designer Caitlin Shearer at her studio—Toast Workroom, a female run communal space. Warm, smiling, she invites me in and makes me a cup of lemongrass tea. She looks like an Italian movie starlet from the 1940s, dressed in a black knee-length dress she’s made herself, paired with a red swipe of lipstick that could be Dior but she bought it from Kmart for ten dollars.

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On Gardens: Clare Rankine for Little Wren Magazine

I grew up in gardens. There is a photo my mum took of me, sitting in the shade of a ghost gum tree in an Enda Walling garden. I’m three, wearing a pale pink hat, you cant see my face under my hat but I am talking to the ants, running my hands through the grass, seeing bright blue sky through whispering gum.

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Walking Barry to Ballet

Three weeks ago, on that Thursday, I wake to find I am sunburnt. Circles of red pink snake around my thighs. Later, after we leave the hospital, Barry presses his fingers into my skin.

The marks glow white and fade.

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silver thread

The family tree had been hand painted in gold leaf on a wall of soft lavender. Three hundred years of life connected by silver thread. Twenty two year old Prince Jim, the latest addition, sat with his legs crossed on the Palace floor, looking at his own name and the thread that connected him to no one in particular. Continue Reading

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the rip

the wave breaks fast and she sees her brother on the boogie board semicircling

she sees his children on the sand yell from their castle and all is an interlude

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alien


The dress was blue with purple, silver, green sequins. Fish scales. And when she touched it, she could feel it tremble from its past life. Sequins came off and stuck to sweaty fingertips. She would squeeze into this dress tonight, seams would gently tear around her hips. Continue Reading

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