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From: Vol.05 N.01 – Stick in a Thumb and Pull out a Plum: Poetry and Comsumption

from ‘Buruja to Brisbane’

by Jake Goetz



weatherboard’s blur

as we pass down Banks Creek Road

to find the river in Fernvale


a packet of Roast Chicken SHAPES

OAK   Coca-Cola (registered trademark of

the United States)

and a polar bear crushed

between rocks along the bank


an excavator

DUMPS rocks

beside a dirt-bike track

as we walk along

the clear-green river

circles echoing

from the movement of fish


a rope swing mirrored

in the water


the water

mirrored in the trees


the trees in clouds

in water ripple


with 2 white maltese terriers



i undress

and sit in the shallows


undress you

my body


in the river

a body

Published: January 2018
Jake Goetz

currently lives in Brisbane. His poetry has previously appeared in Plumwood Mountain, Cordite, Rabbit and Mascara amongst others, and one of his poems was recently shortlisted for Overland‘s Fair Australia Prize. He is the editor of Marrickville Pause (

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.