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Special N.04 – The Herbarium Tales


by Stuart Barnes

This Davidsonia pruriens specimen was collected in 2013 from Danbulla National Park in QLD, and grew in Notophyll rainforest on clay soil derived from metasediments.

Herbarium specimen images were provided by The National Herbarium of New South Wales.


‘Wuray’ is a Dyirbal/Jirrbal and Yidiny word for Davidson’s plum (Davidsonia pruriens); ‘donated to’ is from J. E. Davidson’s Acquisition name details for ‘axe’, ‘basket’, ‘club; sword’, ‘fish-hook’, ‘fish-trap’, ‘ornament’, ‘sample’, ‘shield’, ‘spear-head’, ‘tinder; fire/fire-lighting equipment’,; ‘iron obtained or stolen from the settlers’ is from J. E. Davidson’s register slip for ‘fish-hook’,; ‘jawan’ is a Dyirbal/Jirrbal word for a bicornual cane and vegetable fibre basket; the poem reworks a phrase from Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’.

Published: November 2022
Stuart Barnes

is the author of Like to the Lark (Upswell Publishing, 2023) and Glasshouses (UQP, 2016), which won the 2015 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was commended for the 2016 Anne Elder Award and shortlisted for the 2017 Mary Gilmore Award. His poetry has been widely anthologised and published, including in The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry, Best of Australian Poems 2022 and POETRY (Chicago), nominated for the Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, the ACU Prize for Poetry and the Newcastle Poetry Prize. ‘Sestina after B. Carlisle’ won the 2021/22 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize. From 2013–2017 Stuart was poetry editor of Tincture Journal. He has guest-edited issues of Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review and Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry. He tweets as @StuartABarnes.

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