Academic journal article Antipodes

The Push North

Academic journal article Antipodes

The Push North

Article excerpt

How many grey streaks, spots, clumps

Can be seen against the green background?

-Mold of the earth, Boleslaw Prus

driving like a derrick into the loessless folds of plenty Valley-

Where the water tanks' iron bellies are snake-barrel silhouettes

in bluey-green, buds in the fluid locomotion of snake-shoulder

Hummocks-our trainbearers gown themselves in denimhide,

Gild themselves in coal-bright powder, emerge like geomancers

From satin spreadsheets of property data. prehensile sale figures

Hang like an early-season promise of quinces from the cydonia,

dithering on weak stems as the track-laying leviathan advances.

the locals are re-painting their architraves in Biblical hysterics.

A rotary slasher glides over canola-the rapeseed plant-as if

paragliding from a Volkswagen cloud-form with its accelerator

depressed. Fortunes are baled up in a hefty wheel for the children

to chase down the dales, down into tightening knapweed mats,

Coming to rest a-tangle in ever-coarsening cords of spinal gorse. …

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