anaesthesia by Little Bean

anaesthesia by Little Bean

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This book contains mature themes and strong violence. If you are below 15 years of age, we recommend you do not continue reading.



For the ones who:

Close their eyes and see

colour and stars

blended together like

auroras of

the undiscovered worlds,

yet to be found

by the strokes of a paintbrush.

Only to open your eyes

and let the numbness 

spread through your veins

like anaesthesia.


Over the course of 2023, a select group of young writers was invited to take part in a year-long writing program at Story Factory. Their goal was to produce a collection of poetry. This is one of the collections produced in these workshops. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project has been supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

We would like to thank Midland Typesetters for generously typesetting these manuscripts. Thanks also to the poets who visited the workshops and shared their knowledge and passion: BEA, Eileen Chong, Jazz Money and Omar Sakr.