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Botanic / “Commission”

By Cameron Lowe

—for Tamryn Bennett

Tired my eyes
     having done nothing but speak
          turtle talk to tortoise
cat, there is no beautiful magnolia
        poem to send
The petals are their own news ...

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Botanic / “One-way conversation with Agapanthus”

By Cameron Lowe

Trouble is
the reflective lyric pose
won’t hold, when every time I greet you
vision splits (courtesy
Dr J’s story concerning patient X’s curious habit
of sticking ...

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Golden Bogey

By Duncan Hose

I am insuperably lazy and this makes me proud.
Midnight in Derby
  a new suburb of Melbourne
              Where Fitzleroy used to be
The Bacchae pass by
    my window with their ...

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Marylebone's Wedding

By Duncan Hose

Pagans I don’t know what they do with them
Chuck em in the river I Spose
You try drawing the head of Xipe Totec he will take
All your ...

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Arms of a friend

By Carissa Lee Godwin

For Monterey Cypress
Origin: Mexico, South America

How many hearts have broken beneath your arms
How often have you wished that you could hold them.
Does it feel wasteful having ...

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Botanic / "Cotinus"

By Cameron Lowe

The young smoke—
tended

smoke—flares
to

distance—
a backyard

where smoke
runs

wild—
Old lady

veins—
one lives

with absence
says

“don’t hack
at it—

the blackbirds
nest ...

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Botanic / "Beginning with four words from a poem by Joseph Massey"

By Cameron Lowe

There’s little
to say
. The fig—

giant—leans
across the

bridge, reaches
up into

itself, names
fading

from the love
heart

scored in its
trunk.

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Botanic / "Hermeneutics"

By Cameron Lowe

“The land escapes because it refuses”
—Tony Baker

 

Turned the sun over
in my eyes

the trees—
real

all real as
trace

as measure
to pause

to linger on
the ...

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Floral Axis

By Autumn Royal

This is not a concentration of dramatic method.
There appears to be a growing expectation
language can be trusted for clarity, a petal,
yet these segments are modified & leave a ...

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CBD Flower-Seller / Self-portrait

By Autumn Royal

The flower-seller pulls a wagon into her failed
self-possession, a timeless testimony
for the story-teller. She will not sit restfully
with her hands in her lap, they are tied
to ...

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Speaking Camellia

By Autumn Royal

I recognise her floating face-up with irregular
streaks of shell pink. Wavy petals—
Inside the throngs of knowing I took
her semi-formal blush for granted. She spoke
of blotched substances ...

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Enter the Yellow Tower

By Elena Gomez

we grew a little slower sometimes
we needed to protect ourselves
we self-seeded on the cliff face
we splashed out real nice
we crawled into a corner
we couldn’t ...

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Step Off Golden Rat Tail

By Elena Gomez

here a clumped heart &
welts soon for the softer plush—
          our thickened carpet slug.

we are on a different level
we are slipping towards burnt
-out ground while you remain ...

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Crushed Stone for Silver Waves

By Elena Gomez

I’m all chapped      what are your lips doing at that entrance      here is the softest flesh to test
against me      my monsters are tougher      they could have survived
          real ...

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At the Tandicals

By Chris Wallace-Crabbe

“It is good to know the truth, but better to speak of palm trees.”
(Peter Steele, after the Arabic)

  

From the high lawns
laid out like a curious map
of ...

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Remnant

By Ryan Prehn

remnant /ˈrɛmnənt/ noun
1. a part or quantity that is left after the greater part has been used, removed, or destroyed.
            i. a piece of ...

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Kuller Kullup

By Bruce Pascoe

Kuller Kullup walked
from the stoney shoulder of Targangil
to this bend of Birrarung
spoke to all the people gathered there,
Wathaurong, Bunurong, Maap
Wurunjeri, Ganai, Taungurong,
all the people ...

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