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I was driving north ... | Jaya Savige

I was driving north to Woombye

on what is now the Steve Irwin Way,

but was then the Glass House Mountains Road,

when I beamed a juvenile tiger quoll

feasting on tartare of cane toad

in a blaze of sclerophyll

like something out of a romantic zombie

comedy filmed in Gympie.

Now I think of the pine plantations of Beerburrum

as a between-space—a zwischenraum

where carnivorous undead Bambi

creep up on doomed young romantics in their combi

van: dreamcatcher swaying, Rachmaninoff

surging as we slow zoom through the moonroof.

Jaya Savige was born in Sydney, grew up on Bribie Island, and lives and works in London. He is the author of Latecomers, which won the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, and Surface to Air, which was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year. His next collection will be published by UQP in 2020.

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