The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Portrait of a Woman Walking Home by Anne Casey


This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Alaina Hanchey, is from Portrait of a Woman Walking Home by Anne Casey, released by Recent Work Press in 2021.

How to survive an apocalypse

For Owen

Practice social        media        distancing.
	After every exposure, 
	thoroughly wash
	heart (for at least 20 seconds). 
Do not hoard 
statistics—they have a short shelf life
and offer questionable nourishment.

Wherever possible, dress 
inappropriately.
	Seek advice from trees.
Trust the judgment
of animals—
even the tiniest ones.

Practice free flight
in your head. 
	Become attracted to light.
Love immoderately.
If in doubt, dance.

Originally from the west of Ireland and living in Sydney, Anne Casey is author of five poetry collections. A journalist and legal author for 30 years, her work is widely published internationally, ranking in The Irish Times‘ Most Read. Anne has won literary awards in Ireland, Australia, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong and the USA, most recently American Writers Review 2021 and the Henry Lawson Prize 2022. She is the recipient of an Australian Government scholarship and a bursary for her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney where she researches and teaches.

Alaina Hanchey, known as Harley to both friends and foes, believes rhetoric is intensely important and the way we speak can change the world. That belief was shared by her best friend, Quinn Arielle Kerlin, who inspired her to volunteer and immerse herself in those words that matter, and the connections that matter.

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