In Australia, endemic species are prevalent within the biodiverse state of Queensland. Of approximately 600 bird species identified in Queensland, over 235 species are considered endemic. In Icelandic, endemi means ‘notorious.’ As an ecological term in English, endemic denotes an indigenous species unique to a specified geographic location and not found elsewhere worldwide. GIBBERBIRD traces a foreigner’s first tenuous steps into Queensland’s ornithological lexicon via unorthodox categorization and linguistic sorting methods.
NOTE: The printed version of this poetry suite is typeset in Courier New, since the text requires a fixed-width font in order to uphold the sensitive vertical alignments structuring some of the poems. Every effort has been taken to reproduce it here online.