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Pencil Pine, kooparoona niara

By Bert Spinks

Fire echoes in the landscape;
the blaze rises as an absence,
flames that live in between the earth’s layers.
It is marked in the grain of a pine, contained ...

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A Kind of Paradise

By Mindy Gill

Walking through the mango trees, the horses
are there, throats taut like plucked strings
as they suck cool water from the basin.
The bay stomps a foot. Her moony rump ...

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The Disappearing

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Burdiya Karri

By Steven (SJ) Finch

our guide left facts in the air
that my memory cannot touch

their eyes saw this poem

stepping up onto a log to explain
all trees but this Burdiya Karri ...

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Eleanor Rigby

By Michael Farrell

The Forevers had two undaunted children: Strawberry
            and Fields
 
                                                Red and green was a perfect
                                                mania for the whole family
 
                        The children bounced a ball against a
                        shed; they called ...

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A Mount Tomah Companion

By Peter Minter

In thirty-six haiku, a triple-helix sequencing of

Family Gondwana (G)
Family Proteaceae (P)
Family Mount Tomah (MT)

 

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Silence holds the seed.
     I stand ...

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Pinecones

By Kate Fagan

The great sequoia rushes slowly up.
You bring it from a burning north,
counterpoint to fastigata gums
that cap the basalt peaks,
geologic time in their limbs. 
Housed or free ...

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Effie Wakes at Midnight

By Kate Fagan

The moon is one eye of a river trout.
     Clouds are a scaly puzzle,
boobooks in the Jungle
 
are steady as a clock,
     dogwoods curl and mist hangs
thick as ...

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Future Green

By Kate Fagan

          One raindrop lands on a leaf, 
                                                trampolines off
                        a spine of Wollemia nobilis.
A cosmos has no border. Plants 
            foil taxonomy
                        as roots lift tags,
                                    trees hang nameless
            
            in nets ...

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Nagdaan sa bithay

By Ivy Alvarez

The recipe holds clues. (Home Economics for girls only). Measure flour to sift
into powdered clouds. Measure butter for rubbing in. Double-boiler fits
one into another. Keep certain items at ...

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Nagbubuhat ng sariling bangko

By Ivy Alvarez

I grow a toe slowly, then a leg, then a bench from the shelf of
my back. Thin as it is, at least it’s upright, a staircase to climb ...

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Nag-aagaw-buhay

By Ivy Alvarez

Ah, yes, she’s been here before. Certain smoothness of bed
sheet denotes multiple washings on an institutional scale and
(light yellowed by dust) to be expected. Machines stand by ...

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Blueprint: Bramble Tce

By Zenobia Frost

1.
the last time I came here
            I didn’t need to break in
 
at some stage of cobbled history
the house was raised   with a staircase
                                    for a new ...

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Living Life in the Moment, Focussed

By Balund-a Poets

By Max C.

 

It’s just another day
sometimes I feel like I wanna
run away

You can achieve your dreams,
before you need to sleep

Problems to work out ...

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The Guidance, the Helping Hand

By Balund-a Poets

By Larry S.

 

 Aunty Mereian

so beautiful and sweet
so sound and neat

I would like to thank you so, dear,
as you have helped us reappear

Your guidance was ...

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My Land, My World Around

By Balund-a Poets

By Larry S.

 

My land around
So up and down
Where beautiful blues and greens
are found

From the crystal clear creeks and rivers,
to the steep mountain peaks with ...

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My Life, My Struggle

By Balund-a Poets

By Larry S.

 

I have walked through life
with my head held high
with my mind up in the sky

But at a young age I struggled,
with life’s ...

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Our Land

By Balund-a Poets

By Larry S.

 

From the biggest blue oceans,
to our dark red centre,
this is our land with its beautiful manner

This is where I was born and bred,
I ...

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