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

from “Travelling”

by B. R. Dionysius



He sees concrete pylons set like giants’ bones

in Wagners’ yard as the train glides forward.


These carboniferous fossils will be transplanted

into flyovers and urban bypasses, strengthening


the new body’s industrial backbone. Perhaps a

coal port terminal to cough up the country’s lungs.


Peeling paint bulges, green cysts dot sound

barriers where teenage identity has been deleted.


Where there should be striped marsh frogs

are megafauna effigies of striped marsh frogs


clinging to a bus shelter’s wet mass. The tips

of their fingers magnified as defibrillator pads.


Orangemen repair railway bridges, their hands

explain how this is done in a secret sign language


reserved for the hard hat tribe. Flattened,

nineteenth century brickwork is smothered


by cement’s grey butter. Iron will outlive most

of us. Stenciled honeyeaters perch on a rock cutting.

Published: January 2016
B. R. Dionysius

was founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. His poetry has been widely published in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. His eighth poetry collection, Weranga was released in 2013. He lives in Riverhills, Brisbane.

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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.