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officer moves into the woodland,
steps between the crooked carpet of winged
limbs; the stiff cloaks swathing brown bodies.
He looks out at the row upon row of flying
foxes, lifeless or starved to motionlessness;
each reduced to lay at the level of a human heel.
inheritors are those who will suffer the
ravages of climate change be they human, creature or plant.
It is a
distinct and powerful collection imbued with compassion, anger and
regarding the fate of our planet. These poems are reportage from the
precipice - the
ferocious terror of bushfire, the sorrow of birdless skies,
seas. The reader will encounter unflinching observations and images.
Anastasi here has urgency, wildfire tongue, blistering habitats of
words are both whips and soothing balm. She is our cartographer,
allowing us to
immerse ourselves in the reality of this world while offering up
futures. The Inheritors is a critical, visceral and compelling read.
mesmeric collection. Anastasi weaves her way through these fresh, brave
with quiet strength and a careful, exquisite control. A vital and most
necessary book from one of our finest.
Koala Holds Up
Ineptly, he moves
to the middle road line,
with the tap of
claws not made for unyielding
road. He stops
and stares at the benign queue
four-wheel drives and the drum
of doors as
families emerge from growling engines
to point, coo and
exclaim like elated circus punters.
A policeman and
ranger carefully angle and steer him
from the highway
and the sounds of photo snaps
and Facebook Live
narrations. Step by languid step,
he is positioned
beyond the fog of tar and concrete
for his return to
the retreating forest. The people
cars, turn on playlists and continue.