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Special N.02 – Poets speak up to Adani

Adani Coal Mine Approved  and Great Barrier

by Linda Stevenson


Adani Coal Mine Approved

It pares down
to the palest of skies
to a native fledgling
thirsty, untended
to whether a black stinking
mess of outmoded greed
is claimed as our chosen soil
when we might have lifted
up into the quiet transparency
taking the winds
carrying the young bird
with us
as our token.


Great Barrier

Ah Goldman Sachs, the iron grip of incessant
barter, money, shiny pieces. Ah the confluence
of degradation and entitlement.
See this ecstatic ocean, its birds, swells,
sea air that was essence, sweet with perfect salt,
washing living coral, breathing.
See these misguided leaders, floundering,
ethics washed away in a mounting tsunami
of dollars and disgust, pallid, unseasoned.

‘Adani Coal Mine Approved’ was previously published in The Tipping Point (Blank Rune Press, 2015)

Published: August 2022

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.