Poetry Shelf connections: Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor’s ‘There are many moments where 2 metres might have saved us.’


There are many moments where 2 metres might have saved us.


At dusk

the gnats turn gold

and ghost the grass.


I hear

their winged humming like

an electric miasma.


I walk through the swarm with my chin up and

my breath caught

warm in my throat.


I wear them

around my shoulders like

a shawl made of shiver and teeth.


I pull them close

and hope

the men hear them and know

to keep away.


Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor



Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor was awarded the 2018 Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Prize, and was the co-winner of the 2017 Monash Prize for Emerging Writers. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Starling, Mayhem, Poetry New Zealand, Landfall, Mimicry, and Min-a-rets.








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