Dr. Hurley’s Digest, Vol. III, Issue 1

Welcome to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure’s third glorious year, guest edited for this and next week by Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke. Check out what he’s brought us below.


Monday – Fiction

Wednesday – Poetry

Friday – Poetry

Stay tuned for more from MFC next week!


Luke Bestfor Natalie

Over the ridge,
down through the ravine
where the sky cannot see

and the goat tracks
hide their serrations,
there is a great

yawn of pasture.
I went there today
far from this monument.

I peeled myself
from this stiff bed
threw off sheets

fed them to flame
felt the fizz of motion
and ran and ran and ran.

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An emerging poet from Toowoomba, Luke Best has held numerous atypical jobs such as Pest Controller and Postie and aspires towards a career as a Fireman. His poetry stems from an upbringing in his beloved Darling Downs and is based on regional idiosyncrasies found therein. A child of the 80s, he shares his birth year with influences like Sarah Holland-Batt and LK Holt. He was highly commended in the 2010 Thomas Shapcott prize.

This is his first contribution to Snake-Oil Cure

Guest-edited by Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke