If the earth was

Jennifer Mackenzie




If the earth was


rather than


would we become more


as ice forms on every

idea we throw up

in your direction

on every palm oil plantation

fronds dissolving into


on every beach umbrella

spinning colour-wheel

suntan ice where are

your furry mittens?


11. PixCell Red Deer (Kohei Nawa)*


when waking

in the cage of ice

insane igloo

do I at last glimpse you,



*National Gallery of Victoria


Jennifer Mackenzie is the author of Borobudur (Transit Lounge, 2009) which was republished in Indonesia as Borobudur and Other Poems (Lontar, 2012). Borobudur was highly commended in the Australian Arts in Asia Awards, and has been presented at festivals and conferences at venues in the Asian region and in Australia. One of Jennifer’s current projects is called New Energy, a series of poems about China’s western deserts.

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