Academic journal article Antipodes

In Praise of the Colorbond Fence

Academic journal article Antipodes

In Praise of the Colorbond Fence

Article excerpt

I noted Colorbond fences slicing urban neighborhoods.

I wondered if the local planners thought

The Australian Ugliness was a "how to" manual.

When it was my turn to move into one of these suburbs,

the City Council insisted I could not have a tea-tree fence

not even a row of tidy pickets, and the fence was to be beige.

The fencers installed the posts, screwed on the flat steel walls,

capped the posts. I became sixteen again, an angry teenager

hitching her dress high as soon as I was out the front gate.

I planted found objects close to the fence, trailed vines

over it, hung ceramics on it. A clutter of bikes, rubbish

bins, a compost carrel, the worm farm clung to its neat edge.

Now my yard is full of us. Borders of healthy natives fight

out the drought. …

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