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Sorrow and Beauty in Equal Measure

By Nandi Chinna

Mottlecah - Eucalyptus macrocarpa

 In 1842 a macrocarpa was grown from a seed at Kew Gardens
It flowered five years later in 1847.
 
In a crucible of fog and damp
mainly ...

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Sweedman’s Sprawling Mallee

By Nandi Chinna

Eucalyptus Sweedmaniana
 
In every moment of human time
our skins open, porous to influence
flakes of ourselves shed, fall away
settle into the earth at the base
of trees, or ...

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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 »

Fremantle Mallee

By Nandi Chinna

Eucalyptus foecunda  

 
Every now and then I go visiting
my guerrilla trees,
planted in road reserves,
council land, in the shade of elders
of their species for company,
for tree ...

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Things are not as they appear, nor are they otherwise

By Nandi Chinna

Meelup Mallee

Progeny nursed in its lumpen fist,
a giant inhabits the limestone ridge.
Shy in its limey cave of soil,
while centuries rise and pass.
 
Wanting to read this ...

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In Search of the Meelup Mallee

By Nandi Chinna

Heading south, windscreen wipers
frantic, breaking waves of runoff 
beneath Mandjoogoordap Drive.
 
There is only one stand of the Meelup Mallee
and that is at a secret location near XX ...

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In the Mallee Garden, Kings Park

By Nandi Chinna

 
A global mix of accents and dialects
echo along the terraces,
rising and falling amongst the flowers.
 
Not being able to speak in tongues
I can’t decipher what the ...

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Macrocarpa

By Nandi Chinna

The show takes place on the edge
of the car park. We sit in our cars,
engines cooling, as swirling red stamens
thrust off their woody caps.

Old blossoms wither ...

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Anatomy of a Lignotuber

By Nandi Chinna

Stacked on the back of a truck,
delivered to suburban houses,
a lignotuber may be known as carbon,
energy stored, until tossed into the fire,
through shivering frosts, an all ...

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Gungurru - Silver Princess

By Nandi Chinna

Eucalyptus caesia

A habit of weeping, now common
throughout the suburbs
loitering in groups of three,
flashy, ornamental.

A mob of princesses hanging
on the corner, large pendulous
urn shaped ...

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Koolark - Home

By Daniel Hansen

From the woodlands to the Sclerophyll,
Of the Eucalypt Forrest’s I know,
Within the air I can certainly feel,
A benevolence which resembles that of Home.
 
 “Nganyang Kwoorl Daniel ...

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Old Grey Beard

By Daniel Hansen

Soft Grey Calm
Touches gently on the frequencies all around
Sorting through an assortment of vibrations apparent in the stars
Until it finds Love through the never ending shroud
 
A ...

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Jarrah (buying the block)

By Renee Pettitt-Schipp

 

Eucalyptus marginata

I am a shooter, the seller says
and neither of us meet his eye
earth, shade of a wound, up high
redtail splays her sudden colours
 
I know ...

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Marri

By Renee Pettitt-Schipp

 

 Corymbla calophylla

 

i.

If I had a totem
it would be a tree
red-blooded and raw
 
shadow-self branching into darkness
roots reaching for the earth’s
molten sun
 
ii.
Two ...

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Karri (or, Slow Arrival in Karri Country)

By Renee Pettitt-Schipp

 

Eucalyptus diversicolour
Denmark, WA

~ Written on Noongar Country with Noongar translations informed by Pibulmun Custodian, Wayne Webb.


Remote as a god
less forest than cathedral, footfall
walking along base of ...

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Mallee

By Renee Pettitt-Schipp

 

Eucalyptus myriandena
Narembeen

                                                                                                

~ Written on Noongar Country with Noongar translations informed by Ballargong Custodian, David Collard.

 
She knew them first by their sound
my mother in her child’s body ...

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Ravensthorpe

By Luke Sweedman

Crucible of eucalypts
a woven thread
a spiritual tome
a million forms
a vast oration
a book of poems
a structure
a complexity
a symphony
mallee, mallet, moort and tree ...

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In mind’s eye

By Luke Sweedman

Mallee in my mind’s eye is mostly a below ground affair
what we see above is only a part of the overall mystery
the multi stems above ground are ...

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