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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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The Disappearing

The Disappearing has been redeveloped and we invite you to submit your poems about fading and disappeared places and spaces. Explore now »

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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Agave victoriae (Royal Agave)

By Maria Takolander

Porcelain perfect:
such composure beneath the
wheeling, star-streaked sky.

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Agave franzosini (Grey Ghost)

By Maria Takolander

What a soul baring:
all this barbed glory laid out
for the noonday sun.

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Echinopsis spachiana (Torch Cactus)

By Maria Takolander

A forest, they rise
to the god of night and, awed,
ignite in blossom.

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Euphorbia caput-medusae (Medusa’s Head)

By Maria Takolander

Its skyward forays
thwarted, it lays low, seething—
fires with its own stars

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Cleistocactus winteri (Golden Rat Tail)

By Maria Takolander

Such obscene sea-green
swarming hardly belongs in
this frankness of sun.

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Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus)

By Maria Takolander

Burrs of spiked lemon
spill themselves—what a fuss on
the volcanic rock

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Cereus peruvianus (Peruvian Apple or Apple Cactus)

By Maria Takolander

In the deep of night:
a rush of moons flowering,
soon rustling with moths.

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Ceiba insignis (White Silk Floss Tree)

By Maria Takolander

Ancient sun of gold—
smuggled down this studded trunk
to the underworld

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The bean seller's tale

By Maria Takolander

Once upon a time,
we were cast as
hoodwinkers, thaieves,
old-timers of the deranged forests
and scarecrow-less fields,
peddling trickery and bedlam
from our ragtag sleeves
to the hungry child ...

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