This work is interactive and best experienced on a desktop.
I invite you to navigate this poem in a curvilinear fashion. Read left to right, right to left, top to bottom, outside to in and back again. Let verbs become nouns and nouns disappear into the wilderness.
Music can be heard here. Please adjust your sound. The text reveals an audio archive of field recordings and looped soundbites. Click underlined words to orchestrate your own urban bushland symphony. Sound loops will refresh as you move through each segment of the poem.
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oldgodsplay herelivingaloud our quietlygroovedwarmthover sovereign sunsoakedheartssettingadrift we farewell botanybayhoodlingwink we kissfire seasonssweptairlips betweeninhumanvoicesgently held eachothergreenineverysenseaffiliate we take inalltonetexturedhistories as believersourbloodthickenedbanksia scarshealwe’rerenewinguntethered a newdayan oldnameporous
illawarrapasserinemannaepithetsloping scribblegumpostcardsstrange spiritlittalcsedimentscrestsandstone throughlaw flowsbelowislands of sweetclaybedsleep rocking limbbendsthat perfectcutstrength woodbornememorywe carve clappiesfor thekidsweavebasket for thebubsprotectotherripples youspokedeepfibresfloretsrainbow usfullasvisitingseefacesin this ridge
followingshallowsalvingstreamlets taking turns splashand claritybubbles fountainousin eachfootprintfor you I scribethe notesyouphotograph lorikeetboisteroussquawkand seedbound mythmakingoureyefillingbellies withfirepassing inspecteachstone left unopeneda chest ofbarkstory fed necters inanticipationin the coolcrevices whoseburningreveals sweet earth wetbecomingcoolcharcoalscented a wordin thesoilpossessedreminds weneed to rekindleour safe conduct through this territory
hot nightfall pressed air sky brewing suspended star strings unwind deliverance electric lightas we stand ankle deep in tears in earth rot and leaf mush our clapsticks striking long time depth synchronous breathripple and the malaluaca councils shudder ground and water sweeping moon eyed clearness
we take our bow mendthis hallowed meeting place seeking alluvium solutions sipunderflowsquenching throats with song old as ice ages erupt for the fish gods mercurialephemera bubbling free bodied enlivened we tread head above the deep green sub-heavens and bask in our own power