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Special N.02 – Poets speak up to Adani

Study for an untitled landscape

by Richard James Allen



What do we do?

We hold back the darkness.

In other words, we fail.


Fail into night

Like perfect angels

Of diminishing light.


At least our battlegrounds,

What you know as sunsets,

Are spectacular.

Published: August 2022
Richard James Allen

is a contemporary Australian poet, dancer, actor and filmmaker.

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.