“Mugs”, “Rehabilitation”, and “Stitched Up”

Ian Smith


Smith’s poetry asks questions of crime and punishment from the victims’ and perpetrators’ perspectives. In “Mugs” an easy victim reflects on the burglar of his house. In “Rehabilitation” a former prisoner returns to his prison, converted into gentrified townhouses. In “Stitched” Up the boredom, inanity, banality, and a soft pain of prison life is exposed.


Australian poetry; crime; punishment; victims; perpetrators.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1344/co20212943-46


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