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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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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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The Disappearing

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Banksia

By Scott-Patrick Mitchell

I thought they were a bird. Or rather, birds. On a branch, flocking. Out on a limb, imagination sparking. The mind can transform, as can fire, with tongue, laughing. Like ...

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Marlee Pavillion

By Scott-Patrick Mitchell

Come, sit. Reflect. See yourself in this. You have travelled over 14,500 km's to reach this point. The world is not upside down. Nor is your life. It ...

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Marri (Remembering Meelup Regional Park)

By Scott-Patrick Mitchell

The forest breathes us in. We are chasing bush orchids. Kambarrang is singing. Through a macro lens, petals bend, fill the screen. Blue; beard; duck. Your grin dazzles, blonde hair ...

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Red Flowering Gum

By Scott-Patrick Mitchell

Home is a syllable in your heart. In order to speak it whole, you must clap it out: with glee; in ovation; as sarcastically as the Venus de Milo. Here ...

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kangaroo paw

By Scott-Patrick Mitchell

blood beats red, thumps in
elation, dread. how, as an
immigrant, my ears rang
with this land sang diaspora 
on arrival. that time, in
the cemetery near my
house, as ...

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karri

By Scott-Patrick Mitchell

karris will always remind me of you
how we drove through a canyon
of ancient wood, marvelled at how
sky bowed in boughs, us driving
further still, finding old mill ...

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