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Hello, I'm Ella 

Maker of poems and visual poems




PhD student in French Studies at University of Melbourne


Author of These Are Different Waters.

Occasional painter, slow swimmer, copyeditor 


ella.skilbeck.porter at gmail dot com

ella.skilbeckporter at unimelb dot edu dot au


These are Different Waters

Shortlisted for the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest, 2021, Australia's largest poetry prize

"Conceptual, droll and formally experimental, These Are Different Waters disposes its wide-ranging materials into an elegant two-part structure: ‘Inflatable Pool’, and the substantial visual sequence, ‘Concrete Pool’. Skilbeck-Porter dares to devise her own weird syntax of hallucinatory profusion, a through-composed ‘ink spell’ of restless, post-Steinian parataxis. Decisive and yet dreamy, its poetic bricolage, ‘a stratosphere of shifting surfaces’, resists closure and passes the baton: ‘The end of my swim, the beginning of yours’."


Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award Judges (Kate Lilley, Pam Brown & Melinda Bufton)

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