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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