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From: Vol.01 N.01 – Ecopoetic Ruminations

from Wild Succession

by Louise Crisp

16th Aug


Two tall bright yellow murnong at the sandy track –


The young bow to the

Imminent spring


The cycle (of the year)

Across the plains –


The profusion

In Moormurng’s

Restricted estate

Where soon I find:

creamy candles

early nancies


twining fringe lilies

tiger orchids

bulbine lilies

button everlasting

billy buttons

scaly buttons


blue squill

blue grass-lilies

chocolate lilies

spider orchids

salmon & plain



& unfolding

throughout the open woodland

& elsewhere

in the isolated fragments of remnant grassland:

rare sites like exquisite stars

flaring intensely

before they are extinguished

one by one

and the darkening sky of the red gum plains




Microseris lanceolata













Stackhousia monogyna

Wurmbea dioica

Burchadia umbellate

Thysanotus patersonii

Diuris sulphurea

Bulbine bulbosa

Helichrysum scorpioides

Craspedia variabilis

Leptorhynchos squamatus

Microseris lanceolata

Chamaescilla corymbosa

Caesia calliantha

Arthropodium strictum

Caladenia phaeoclavia

Thelymitra rubra

Thelymitra nuda






Recent work has been published in Southerly  and Overland.

You can read the full poem Wild Succession here.

Published: January 2014
Louise Crisp

Louise Crisp’s poetry collections include pearl & sea fed (Hazard Press NZ, 1994); Ruby Camp: a Snowy River series (Spinifex Press, 1998); Uplands (Five Islands Press 2007). A multimedia version of her long poem Grasses is available on-line at

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