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Brother fire

Brother fire, 

you come

first to nibble, to lick 

the great girth of the ancients,

find unauthorised entry, a dry crack.

Settled in at the heart of each old-wood mountain,

from a thousand steady years you fashion

a crimson toothed tower

to plunge suddenly sideways

into dark flesh

opening yet another bright wound.

You are closing in for the kill 

of the slow, contemplative life,

the earth-cradle community of rainforest.

In November 2019, bushfire reached Terania Creek rainforest in Northern New South Wales for the first time in over a thousand years. The old brush box trees were the catalyst.

In addition to academic publications and a biography Nola has published two poetry collections: Even if the Sun (Melbourne Poets Union, 2013) and Counting on Murwillumbah (Mark Time Books, 2018). She has won or been short listed for several national poetry prizes. She lives on Bundjalung land in northern NSW.

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