Damen O'Brien

Damen is a poet based in Brisbane. Damen has won or been shortlisted in most of Australia’s foremost poetry competitions for individual poems as well as receiving recognition internationally including The Moth Poetry Prize, the Welsh International Poetry Prize, the New Guard/Knightville Poetry Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Damen has been published in Cordite, Overland, Southerly and StylusLit.

Author's books

Animals with Human Voices


In Animals with Human Voices you will find worms that dream of god, jellyfish weary of immortality, a powerless Superman, some illogical observations on aliens’, a lightning conductor tired of lightning and the truth about Elvis.  In multi award-winning poet Damen O’Brien’s debut collection, his cinematic eye and love of nature deliver poems which are ciphers for the normal concerns of every human: love, life and death and what we leave behind.