Poems

Joe Dolce: ‘Disappearance of Harold Holt’, ‘Roll-Your-Own Langston’ and ‘St Roch’

Disappearance of Harold Holt The PM had been advised to swim less, that day at Cheviot Beach, in Portsea, Harold had often swum there in the past. He wanted relief from the hot day’s blast, to work up an appetite before tea, Harold had often swum there in the past. The doctor medicated his distress: morphine, for a childhood sports injury. The PM had been advised to swim less. In deeper water, the undertow’s press, large swells and eddies dragged him out to sea. Harold had often swum there in the past. Three hundred and forty searchers were massed; they…

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