Academic journal article Antipodes

Shaped by the Bush

Academic journal article Antipodes

Shaped by the Bush

Article excerpt

The assorted people. Hands with the lines of fences, hands

with the softness of dust. The long line of grass

walking. Sitting with the bum just above the damp. Developing

the leftthigh for the truck. Its rattle in the

shimmer of the people over there; here. Fierce encounters

Looking

for a different shade of leaf. Listing. Waiting, conserving

Acting

like a cattle roundup or firefight has just happened or

will happen in the office tomorrow. Expecting snakebite in

the

bedroom. The creek runs tarnished in the kitchen. A sparrow

at the sill means a hawk, or galah a bit

further: a mouse a wombat hole, or goanna. Who has

not lefttheir heart unlocked? Not the ones that don't

come home. …

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