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From: Vol.06 N.01 – The Everywhere of Things


by Magdalena Ball

cloudlike piles

opaque not white

coloured yellow by chromate ions

copper blue



my finger runs along the table

picks up a trace on the tongue


I wanted to talk about skin instead

the salty taste of it

as animal covering

preceding the living tissue

below the protective barrier


basement membrane, connective tissues

all those things I needed

to give and take and give


without the language

it was touch and go

a brush, a sigh, a hint only

back to the grain


underneath the colour

the lacrimal fluid

the shading is black post black

abstracted as contrast

a window that opens onto a wall

onto a fluorescent light onto parchment

where you are, now alone

a fragment, and whole


just another woman

as alike as unlike

united by what we know

can’t share

and are sharing in this

public inland space

Published: January 2019
Magdalena Ball

is Managing Editor of Compulsive Reader. She is the author of several novels and poetry books, most recently, High Wire Press, published in 2018 by Flying Island Press. She has shortlisted in or won a number of literary prizes including the Queensland Poetry Festival Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award and the Newcastle Poetry Prize.

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.