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From: Vol.03 N.01 – How Humans Engage with Earth

Dangar Island

by Les Wicks

throbs in beauty.

I bring it nothing, just

what it wanted for Christmas.


The island cares, sometimes

fails miserably stealing from itself.

Beaten up, its fists are raw from self-harm.


Then it wakes up naked & whole again.

This place is old but has danced all night.

It forgives the minor scars.


Liturgies of passion. 200 homes, more stories.

Each is a revelation, set aside for a moment.

The humility of radiance, a casual pillage

from our favourite kookaburra, then a cup of tea.

Published: January 2016
Les Wicks

has toured widely and seen publication across 24 countries in 12 languages. His 11th book of poetry is Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience) (Puncher & Wattmann, 2013), his 12th (a Spanish selection) El Asombrado (Rochford St, 2015), and his 13th Getting By Not Fitting In (Island 2016).

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.