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to match their summer window
        they paint the bedroom walls
empty tins of blue paint
        in the backyard
                full of sky now
out of kindness now
        I shout at my father
                going deaf
Shaking hands
        as if we agree
                on the rules of combat

                                                         [famous reporter 21 : June 2000]

Kevin Brophy is a poet and novelist. He has had ten books published. From 1980 to 1994 Kevin Brophy edited the small press literary journal Going Down Swinging. His poems and essays have been anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2004, 2006 (Black Inc.), The Road South (Five islands, 2007), New Music: Contemporary Australian Poetry (Five Islands 2001), Family Ties: Australian Poems of the Family (Oxford 1999), My Secret Life (Melbourne Festival of Poetry 1999), Daughters and Fathers (UQP 1997) and other publications. His book, Creativity, was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Nonfiction Literary Award. Kevin Brophy is a regular reviewer for Reading Time, the journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia, and contributes Book Notes for the Council of Adult Education book Reading Groups. He has been awarded Australia Council for the Arts writers grants in 1974, 1986 and 2005. He has been awarded Arts Victoria project grants in 1996 and 2003.