Julie Maclean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simpson dingo girl

 

safe inside your canvas dreaming

of the red track westward across the dunes

 

the lean shape-shifter   with toes of a dancer

foxtrots the fringe        camp follower

nose to the north   she takes the shape of

a desert grass    spinifex dry

same pale yellow    same drift as the wind

 

it’s then you daub the ochre   the black

white for the star in the eye   insinuate

a dark shadow   minimal    abstract perhaps

 

next morning the palette licked clean

 

 

 

Julie Maclean was born in Bristol, UK and now lives in Victoria, Australia. In 2012 shortlisted for The Crashaw Prize, (Salt). Her debut collection of poetry, When I saw Jimi,  is out now from Indigo Dreams Publishing. Poetry appears in US and leading Australian and UK journals including The Best Australian Poetry (UQP). She blogs at at  juliemacleanwriter.com 

 

Simpson dingo girl first appeared in Rabbit (Aus) 2012

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