POETRY



Black-throated Finch

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With the fishes

The Terracotta Warriors are visiting Melbourne. China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang had them made as Guardians of Immortality, part of his quest to cheat death and become a god. Queues to see the Warriors snake out of the gallery, …

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1970

‘when the sale of kangaroo meat for human consumption was still illegal’ my parents lived in Bathurst and ate wild asparagus Australia’s national anthem was God save the _____ and ‘The Kangaroo Industries Association of Australia formed’. My parents lived …

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King Tide

we don’t always take stock of or shed our satellite stocks but a blonde woman pointing at maps became historical and the moon shone hysterically on our sector so we embraced our shelves for a large complex weather event an …

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Some Symptoms, 2019

Summer temperatures peaking some thirty to forty degrees above average in the sub- Arctic. Forest fires burn through Siberia for three months. Melting of this mass in Green- land wasn’t predicted to happen until 2070, but it happened this year. …

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r. obtusum

One fiery pink memory, down in our local park alone. Seven years old, sick of the swings and slippery dip and solitude, doing what mum always told me not to. I knew it was poisonous, oleander. Not even indigenous either, …

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cast

cast shadows of intent let light into hollows carved by hand and shepherd day until she elbows her way back into the corner you never stand to lose if you raise one foot from a wooden last and lace your …

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The Bogongs

As a child I loved the fat moths at the windows; the thud against glass of heavy wingbeats interrupting lamplit bedtime stories. Their great journey was more magical than Santa Claus— a million magnet-reading migrants bursting forth from inland black …

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Impermafrost

In Longyearbyen, the arctic air freezes like a webpage. The wind buffers ones and zeroes – twenty degrees below feels colder in binary. When summer finally loads, the internet thaws tourism ads insidious as viruses. They replicate the same ill-researched …

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Thylacine

After some consideration it was decided that my situation had to be resolved. It was unanimous: I was no longer just a beast but a dangerous monster. Still, many felt that one last reward for me was most appropriate. One …

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FrogID

excuse me, i’m no good with language—it’s not what i was trained on, the way you were nursed, perfect milk-mouth full of fricatives. in the space that would be the space in the cavern of a skull, i keep four …

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Phoning home

i. I am not so brave as Elliot, could never lay out a candy path for hungry, lost forms to follow through the dark backyard to my bedroom door. ii. I’m in awe of this pale, awkward boy peddling hard …

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