Venie Environmental Poetry Prize Poems

Below the Summit by Kristen Lang

The pandani graze where they’ve scattered, mid-step in buttongrass, necks wrapped against the cold. Torsos a brief illusion. We sit listening to their chatter. Centuries-old migrations woven through the slow-tumbled

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Toolangi by Simone King

She is on the last frontier, the edge of forest as she knows it. She breathes in air frost-laced and petrichor and surveys the scene, looking for a landing. There

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The Poem After Forests by A. Frances Johnson

Take the Wikipedia entries for ‘forest’ and ‘water’ and change the tense: forests are to forests were; water is to water was. Relieve yourself of the pressure of time; the poem forgets/forgot ruminants, rockfaces and oceans. Never

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