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The Striped World by Emma Jones – Triumph of the Now
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And now drought undoes the flood, and dry things glitter; the roads refasten like bones in a ballad; the buildings shift in their absent bricks; and chimneys ride the air like flutes. And things happen in Adimanaby.
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And it's not empty. And a wind carries birds. And "the ring-necked parrots are a cloud of wings, and the shell-parrots are a cloud of wings", and water is a host, and fire is a host.
In Jones's most sustained undertaking, "Zoos for the Dead" which won the Newcastle poetry prize in , the poem's narrator has inherited a "very serious" parrot after the deaths of its previous owners, an Aboriginal brother and sister who had been cruelly institutionalised as part of a government programme. In loose, long-lined tercets interspersed with shorter fragments of speech and song, the narrator talks to the parrot, reads to him, takes him for walks on the beach, and draws from him the secret words and stories of a lost language: