David Wilson

David Wilson is the London editor of Poetry Australia.

Poem: ‘Power Pictures’

David Wilson, 7 November 1991

On the page at the back of a book, a space where I drew my mother: yellow jumper, squiggle of hair, smile weak as the smack she dealt. It made me laugh. Other boys with fathers were violently whacked. I almost envied their toughness and punishment.

I painted a policeman, a crazy tower of blue. Mother said, if I was lost I must ask one directions.

At school, I twitched, fuddled by English and...


Guardian Angels

2 March 1989

As a previous Diary contributor, during the last prison service industrial dispute, I read with great interest my friend Phil Horne’s Diary piece regarding his tussle with a suspected, but in fact innocent burglar. Whilst not wishing to minimise either the well-intentioned attempts of the public to arrest would-be criminals, or to ignore the trauma experienced by those who are the victims of crime,...

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