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

Desert pea

by Kathryn Fry

Swainsona formosa


There, above the gibbers and crusty

earth, the rise of red on a wash

of green—red flags, red keels, the dark

lustrous boss in between, ready for birds,

ready to seed for the long odds of summer;

florid David among the arid Goliath.


I’ll grow you here, in the newly parched,

seed you in a bed of dry bark and creek

sand. To course rampant down my brick

walls, to carry the cool stars of a desert

night, the light swamping a red-ochre range,

and the optimism you ride, on a whiff of rain.

Published: January 2016
Kathryn Fry

relocated to the Lake Macquarie area from Canberra a few years ago. She has poems in various anthologies including Australian Love Poems, A Slow Combusting Hymn, Watermark and Once Wild (the Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2014). Her poem “Under the Old Tangle” was longlisted for the inaugural Ron Pretty Poetry Prize awarded in 2015.

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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.