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From: Vol.10 N.01 – Private: The Transformative Now

From the Cheese Tree

by Kathryn Fry

It took me a while to clean the heap of heart
shapes from their whorls; an hour of nimble
fingers, easy thoughts, to separate each nub

of new bio-code away from its edam-hold. You
should’ve seen them: so red, so plump, flesh-
veiled nuggets ready for sowing, to refigure

bared clays or sands of the country’s eastern
rim. Rich and promising like the flowerings
of Emily’s dump dot creations from the centre.

Young seeds dispatched too early by rainbow
parrots, lay matting the ground in a buff haze.
Apart from birds, I disturbed a few moths,

one pale spider and three larvae. I don’t know
what could’ve been more fruitful then, than to
reach for those branches to harvest their seeds.

Published: April 2023
Kathryn Fry

has poems in Antipodes (2016, 2019), Cordite Poetry Review (2016), Not Very Quiet (2017-2020 incl.), Westerly (2019, 2020) and Science Write Now (2020-2022 incl.). Her first collection is Green Point Bearings (Ginninderra Press, 2018). The Earth Will Outshine Us, published by Ginninderra Press in 2021, was launched at the Newcastle Writers Festival in 2022.

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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.