Mal McKimmie

Mal McKimmie was born in Perth, Western Australia and lives in Melbourne. Positions he has been employed in include survey hand, deckhand, kitchen hand, vineyard labourer, fruit picker, poetry tutor and part-time ranger working with wild dolphines and visitors at an eco-tourist resort. He has also worked in welfare, with people labelled as having a ‘disability’ and people diagnosed as having a ‘mental illness’. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, literary journals and anthologies, and have been broadcast by ABC Radio National on Poetica. His first volume of poetry, Poetleptic, was published by Five Islands Press in 2005.


The Brokenness Sonnets I–III

3 thoughts on “Mal McKimmie

  1. Mal,

    You will remember me as the leader of Sundiata Marimba Band, and sometimes poet.

    I found you here a few months ago when I was back in the States, working there. I am currently (perhaps not for long), back in Melbourne, where I’ve been living for over a decade. I would love to catch up while I am here, so if you get this, please get in touch with me.

  2. Hi Mal
    I’ve been thinking about you and your poetry. Mum (kris) and nana (trish) have told me your very good. I have to enter an all rounded activity for school. They have booked me in for poetry. so I’m very excited. its on Friday the 5th of April.
    love Georgia

    Hi Mal;
    This is your cousin Kristine. Your poetry is just amazing!!!! My daughter is very inspired by your work and has told the school all about you. Your poetry is now well known at Liwara Cathlic School in Greenwood. Do you have any advise for my beautiful enthusiastic poet to be daughter? Any young poetry books that she should be reading? Mum -Trish is always updating me with the latest news along with Tanya.
    love Kristine

    Hi Mal
    Your work is amazing, inspiring, spontaneous, out there and great!!! But the most Amazing thing is you, but you already new that.
    wuv u Trish xxoo

  3. Mal, I desperately need to contact you about the poet Dennis Greene. The addresses I have don’t seem to work.

    Dennis and Jo have just spent some days with us in Queensland where we now live. I believe you have a PDF file of his work. Because of his health he couldn’t assemble such a file. If you could send it to my email address I believe I can assist him with other important goals.

    Congratulations on your recent achievements. Marvellous news. It’s always good to see quality recognised.
    My email address is

    Very best wishes,

    Janet Kenny

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