Between Giants

Available via paypal & post from Ginninderra Press, my new poetry collection, between giants!



Here’s a few poems from the collection – ‘stubble’ was previously published by GDS, ‘archaeological moment’ was featured in Best Australian Poems 2012 and ‘southern autumn’ is a new one.



in A Fistful of Dollars Clint Eastwood’s stubble
is thick enough to hide deer
or slow-witted

an entire town could crop up
in the hollow of a cheek
with a village square
and a well
in the nick from a razor

and in the unlikely event of a smile

panic as the forest
southern autumn

three witches jostle for position
above the bay of Naples,
breathing their smog-spells
across armoured water and into the hills

at Amalfi boats trudge in and out
to unburden themselves
of tourists
and with barely enough time
to sneak a drink, they’re gone again

sunlight wakes short shorts
and thin singlets,
restaurants bustle
but no-one is swimming and the bakery
has riddled away its magic

on Cerreto’s rigid slopes
lemons brave the wind,
their fragile gold shielded
by generations of latticework.


archaeological moment

a penny has come thousands of miles
to hibernate in the dirt

it’s not worth much
but neither is it worth nothing

once we clean it in a glass of coke
and the royal head has a nose again

we take it inside, though the first one
to tire of it reaches for the Sega

later on I don’t know which one of us
will take it to the front shed

where the Nissan lords it over dead flies
that gather in the window sill,

and hide the penny behind a landscape
mum and dad haven’t unpacked

years later when moving house
and neither one goes back for it

the penny can close its tiny eyes
to wait for a more archaeological moment.


‘Ashley Capes’ communication and exploration of the outer and inner worlds we inhabit is generous and inclusive, favouring sincerity over artifice and meaning over wordplay. Whether taking simple delight in the journey of a snail or grappling with the darker complexities of the human condition, the poetry is ultimately nourishing for its attentiveness.’ – Jane Williams

‘In between giants, Capes steps with a daring lightness. From ‘water-proofed buskers’ on the banks of the Yarra to standing ‘ankle-deep in pigeons’ in Piazza San Marco, Capes walks a breathtaking tightrope between geographical locations and everyday miracles. Direct, playful and startling, these poems are unafraid to dream.’ – Graham Nunn


Available from:

Collected Works Bookshop
Ginninderra Press
Send me an e-mail: mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com

27 responses to “Between Giants”

  1. […] It brings together work from the last couple of years and also features some pieces written during or about a trip to Italy last year. Here’s the cover image and I’ll be posting a couple of sample poems here. […]

  2. Well done. Particularly like the last two lines and nice stumbling upon your work/looking forward to reading more of it.

    1. Hey J, thank you!! Glad you stumbled across me, I notice your a Murakami fan, outstanding

  3. Good on you! Love the cover.

    1. Hi Benjamin, thank you! I’m really happy with it – sends my mind back to Rome every time I see it

  4. great cover ash..
    looks and read good

    1. Thanks, Dhyan! Really glad you like the cover too, I deliberated for a long while over which one to choose 🙂

  5. This work deserves wide recognition A!

    1. Thanks, Graham! Fingers crossed people enjoy it 🙂

  6. […] few weeks ago Ashley Capes invited me to help launch his latest collection, Between Giants, by recording a poem from it for his […]

  7. Really enjoyed archaeological moment Ashley. Once I scrape together enough pennies I’ll hit Jininderra up for a copy.

    1. Thanks, Simon! Would love to hear your thoughts about it, hope you like it 🙂

  8. […] Cape’s Between Giants (or any other available […]

  9. […] got my copy of Between Giants by Ashley Capes some month ago and run though an initial reading the same day and then I picked it […]

  10. […] published in Pan Magazine, was one of my personal favourites from Ash’s latest collection between giants (Ginninderra Press). I’d urge anyone interested in reading some quality poetry to head over to […]

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