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Issue 5, Portrait: Contents And Editor's Note

(Cover illustration by Jeanann Moloney)

Welcome to Dust's fifth issue, Portrait, which contains 41 poems on the theme of portrait.

Thank you to everyone who submitted poetry for this issue. Once again I have been overwhelmed by the volume and quality of submissions and the ongoing support, encouragement, and vitality of the poetry community, particularly online, which has often felt like a bright and hopeful space in this incredibly bleak year. It remains a huge privilege to read your work and to be part of this community.

I am so proud of the poems in this issue and so honoured that the poets chose Dust to feature their stunning work, I hope you enjoy them.

Tara Wheeler

Founding Editor

Ghost Light by Miranda Lynn Barnes

The New Students by Carl Boon

Madder Red Dreams by Rupinder Kaur

Portrait Of My Grandmothers As Sideboards by Ann Cuthbert

The Woman In The Pink Hat Is Not A Local by Emma Lee

Masks by Sayan Aich

Mothering by Sophia Argyris

Rice Field by Aiden Heung

How I Write About Enslavement by Jenny Mitchell

The Thing With Broken People by Mathew Lyons

Self Portrait 2 by Lotte Mitchell Reford

Hospital Selfies by Poppy Cockburn

Microchimerism by Katie Oliver

Self-Portrait With Windsor Chair by Julian Brasington

How We Found Ourselves Unchained At The Shore by Osahon Oka 

Trace by Stephanie L. Harper

Self-portrait In A Misty Mirror by Kim M. Russell

He Waits With The Argos Catalogue by Gareth Culshaw

River Return Us by Peach Delphine

Picture Perfect by Ermelinda Makkimane

Saint Susi by Nicole Estelle

A Caterpillar Chewing a Weed Leaf Wonders if He’ll Ever Become a Butterfly by Elaine Wang

To The Stars by Shirley Jones Luke

My Sexual Orientation Is by Nymphish

Self-Portrait with Attachment Theory by Kristen Kalicharan

Reluctantly by Arianna Sebo

Blemished by Amy Moretsele

Draw Myself by Nora Blascsok

The Crooked Old Man by Alan Kissing

Something To Relish by Thomas Abalahin

Jupiter by Kayleigh Campbell

Time / Lapse by Alvin Kathembe

Pinacoteca di Brera by Julie Hogg

Still Life by Simon Alderwick

A Haiku by Scott Hadley

His Whole World by Rob McKinnon

Anatomy Of A Ghost by Sarah Doyle

My Father And I by Reshma Ruia 

Poem for Sophie by Rachel Carney

Pearl by Nicholas McGaughey

Self-Portrait in Small-Town Summer by Jessica Kim 

Cover Illustration by Jeanann Moloney

Our beautifully vivid chair on the cover of the issue is by artist and illustrator, Jeanann Moloney. Jeanann is a self-taught artist from Cork Ireland, who likes to work in acrylic, watercolour and gouache. She takes inspiration from femme fatales in film and bold uses of colour. She has been featured in Bloomers Magazine and won a Vogue Magazine illustration competition. Her Instagram is jeanann.moloney

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