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From: Vol.01 N.02 – Making way for other kind


by Jordie Albiston

call it a crash    you & your debris float

toward China    or hydrogen guides you

& bombs     it must be that chemical trash

again    your off-the-synaptic-chart-kind-

of-brain    it must be something you ate by


mistake    or the universe snapped    or bi-

axial cheapskate design    the trashy

novel the flaxen-haired heroine floats

slowly past    if only life was kinder

etc    if only he knew you


better    there will always be something you

don’t quite get    all this jetsam & flotsam

lagan derelict    vessels deemed wrecked by

maritime law    all this try to be kind

& don’t ask for more & take out the trash


in your head    let heaven collect that trash!

forget your molecules & your goodbyes

listen close    give in    hear it calling your

name    the boat will stop rocking become kind

of tamed & you & your compounds    floating

Published: July 2014
Jordie Albiston

has published eight poetry collections. Two of her books have been adapted for music-theatre, both enjoying seasons at the Sydney Opera House. Jordie’s work has won many awards, including the 2010 NSW Premier’s Prize. She lives in Melbourne.

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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.