Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher, and teacher working with Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney. She’s been a past recipient of the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Prize for Poetry, and is currently writing her first poetry collection through a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter fellowship. Born, raised, and writing on Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation.
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Snugglepot and Cuddlepie in the Ghost Gum
I’ve been lugging a childhood from dad’s shed to Sydney in the boot of my car and it’s getting restless. The little gumnuts are creeping from the pages to play patty-cake with the yuri men on my back seat, tucking themselves under discarded jackets and licking droplets from the blackorg-branded waterbottles collecting under my seat. They want me to write about them – or maybe they don’t, and they just want to be left where and when they are – but in any case, they’re enjoying the ride. With their little faces pressed to the window they watch tree turn to town, and hiss and shudder as we pass the earthmovers stacked at the post-Maccas merge. I don’t take new ways to go to places I’ve known already, and I’m not likely to ever turn early from the M4, but there’s something about those green signed end destinations that reminds me of everywhere else I’m supposed to be.
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by Evelyn Araluen
Published March 2021