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This poem is taken from PN Review 238, Volume 44 Number 2, November - December 2017.

Eight Poems Les Murray
The Inland Food Bowl

A gapped circle of colonies
each staring at the ocean
through a plaid of cars and imports.

Inland lies the still uncrowded
heartland once of drawl and steamboats
now half desert, half freshwater province.

There the Murray descends its seven thousand
feet off the Pilot, zigzags over the plains,
forest and furrow toward an outfall wash.

Narrow rivers link to this one, or slant north
where the dragon Ceratodus grunts in ivory mail
and streets are shaded in peppercorn and willow.

Having supplied tribesfolk, or soaked
POW maroon, now piped spray
flickers dials, or pipes experienced water
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