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Special N.04 – The Herbarium Tales

An Illumines-cant Transmogrification of Being: Encountering the Ghost Gum

by Samuel Wagan Watson

It unfolded on a dark and stormy evening…Lost in the sheer-fright of night-fire…Echoes of thunder-clap ebbing, the lightning smashed against the virginal and slender lure of its
smooth body…

Myrtaceae Eudicots shining in the wilderness of empty screams, the composites of such
alluring skin a mystery, in an Albert Namatjira water-colour affinity to glow forever,
caught…The leaves in mortal hands rub caustic eucalyptus cologne…How the old-ones
collected trail of its blood to render resins so strong…The unique smell of bush-fire would
be so lost without its burning demise…

Possessed by incarnate passion the solace of the bush screams with mute insanity…

Published: August 2022

An Australian and international
journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.