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Special N.01 – Martin Harrison Special Issue

The School of Trees

by Richard James Allen

You learn more from trees than from people.

They speak with their silence.


Though sometimes you are forced to listen

through the squawking of birds,


whose scuttlebutt inhabits their leaves

the way thoughts flap about in our minds.

Published: August 2015
Richard James Allen

met Martin Harrison on ABC Radio National’s Surface Tension, and knew him, over thirty years, as a fellow poet, mentor and friend. Thanks to Martin’s supervision, Richard won the Chancellor’s Award for most outstanding PhD thesis at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2005.

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.