Dominic Symes

Dominic Symes lives and writes in Naarm (Melbourne). His poetry has appeared in Overland, Cordite, Rabbit, Australian Book Review, and Australian Poetry Journal. He curates NO WAVE, a monthly poetry reading series, on Kaurna Country (Adelaide) where he grew up. Most recently he was selected for Cordite/AP's 'Tell me like you mean it 4’ anthology and the 'Best of Australian Poems 2021' anthology. ‘I saw the best memes of my generation’ is his first collection of poetry.

Author's books

I Saw the Best Memes of My Generation


Like much else that finds its way onto the internet, the poetry in ‘I saw the best memes of my generation’ is fleeting, reactionary and selective with its facts—only ever tangentially concerned with the ‘real’ world. Somehow this book skewers SS utes, flower arrangement, the antiquated forms of Italian Opera, the emerging politics of the climate crisis and the misogynist underbelly of rock and roll with one flukey shot of an arrow. This much anticipated debut collection pins Symes’ viral poems down like delicate butterflies for the pleasure of your eighteenth century drawing room.

Highly Commended in the 2024 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize