Poetry Prize

Liquid Amber 2022 Poetry Prize now open

All poets are invited to join in by exploring the theme
‘The Poetry of Encounter’ – through the provocation of images
and words.

What moments startle us out of our ways of understanding ourselves
and the world?
What is your experience of encounter?

Latest Release

Undercoat: Poems about Paintings.

A beautifully crafted, insightful and often playful exploration of the ways
in which both poetic and visual languages can intersect.

Join Us

7 July 2022: Zoom Poetry Night 

After Cage – second edition by feature poet Dominique Hecq will be launched by Marion May Campbell, and Open Mic for all to enjoy

Featured Poet

Sarah Rice

With her exciting work that criss-crosses between poetry and the visual in
a variety of forms, it was fantastic to have Canberra poet Sarah Rice
as our featured poet at one of our Zoom Poetry Readings

Welcome to
Liquid Amber Press

We publish work at the intersections of poetry and visual art.

New Titles

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Undercoat: Poems about Paintings


The poems in Undercoat contemplate painting as process, painting as storytelling, painting as mystery – visual art transfigured through the precision of a poet’s ear. The work is notable for vivid descriptions and adroit conjurings of texture and colour. There’s also a vein of old-school Australiana – shandies, black-and-white TVs, laminex tables. The writing is by turns lyrical, rackety, elegiac. Permeating the collection is a warm humour and a deep respect for all things: ‘Even horses deserve memorial. Even stones.’
Tricia Dearborn

Available as Downloadable PDF or Soft cover book


about the Author

Mark O’Flynn

Born in Melbourne, Mark O’Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains on Dharug–Gundengurra land. He has published six collections of poetry as well as novels, collections of short stories and a memoir. His novel The Last Days of Ava Langdon (2016, UQP) was shortlisted for both the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Ministers Literary Award, and was winner of the Voss Literary Award (2017). His poems have won the Banjo Paterson Open Poetry Prize, the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize, the John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award, the Australian Icons prose poetry competition, the Booranga Prize and the IP Best Poetry Award. He has been shortlisted five times for the Newcastle Poetry Prize.

Liquid Amber Press is thrilled to publish Undercoat: Poems about Painting – Mark’s most recent poetry collection.

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Edited by ROSE LUCAS 

Lockdown Poetry: The Covid Long Haul

An anthology of 21 poets reflecting on the Covid pandemic

An anthology of 31 poems about the experiences of and reactions to the Covid pandemic from 21 established and emerging poets, Lockdown Poetry: The Covid Long Haul shows the resilience of poetry, its capacity to articulate the difficult and the joyous, the ordinary and the otherwise unspeakable. Thank heavens for the fearlessness of poetry and the tenacity and wisdom of its many voices. These poets are speaking to all of us about the effects of this Covid long haul – they are speaking what we all need to hear.

Available as Downloadable PDF or Soft cover book

Sample: Isolation makes me

by Rose Lucas | Rose Lucas reads from Lockdown Poetry: The Covid Long Haul


More Titles

2020 Shelter in Place

An extraordinary year in poetry and paint

Soft cover book or downloadable pdf

Cover of Lockdown Poetry chapbook

This Shuttered Eye

Poems of the long gallery, by Rose Lucas, published by Liquid Amber Press, 2021

Soft cover book or downloadable pdf

Unexpected Clearing

Poems by Rose Lucas, published by UWAP, 2016

Softcover book

Even in the dark

Poems by Rose Lucas, published by UWAP, 2013

Softcover book


“…. motifs and images which repeatedly connect the most routine elements of life with the vicissitudes and beauty of climate, landscape, and animality…” 

Alyson Miller,



“….an intensity which is lens-like in its ability to capture the tensions of a life lived shifting between real and imagined worlds.”

Dominique Hecq,



“Rose Lucas writes with tenderness and merciless accuracy about the intersection of the social and natural worlds”

Ali Jane Smith,

The Australian


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