The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Julie Maclean’s “Kiss of the Viking”

photo head and shoulders stripe

Made in Sweden

Carpets of canola remind me
        of homeland,
You Yangs, clots of granite,
        ibis nesting in a mess
of twig and plastic bag.

Skåne farms
        are clones of clean
Monopoly hotels,
        no weeds,
turbines in handy places
        blow cobwebs away,

While the elk and bear
        on the graphic back
of a Winnebago
        down a fir-lined highway
                make me smile.

This selection comes from Julie Maclean’s Kiss of the Viking, available from Poetry Salzburg. Purchase your copy here!

Originally from Bristol, UK, Julie Maclean is now based in Australia. She is the author of ‘Kiss of the Viking’ (Poetry Salzburg, 2014), When I saw Jimi’ (Indigo Dreams Publishing, UK, 2013) and e-chapbook ‘You Love You Leave’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press, US, 2014). Her poetry and short fiction features in international journals like Poetry and The Best Australian Poetry (UQP). Blogging at

Darren C. Demaree is the author of three poetry collections, As We Refer to Our Bodies (2013, 8th House), Temporary Champions (2014, Main Street Rag), and Not For Art For Prayer (2015, 8th House). He is the recipient of three Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. He is also a founding editor of Ovenbird Poetry and AltOhio. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.


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