Published in Overland Issue Print Issue 199 Winter 2010 Main Posts / Writing Resurrection Plants at Nookaminnie Rock John Kinsella They’re full-blown in their early spring rush – pin cushions a fakir’s bed of nails so soft to tread on, so easy to make false comparisons by, and all the baggage that carries – rest-break on a granite slab looking out over the island sea of scrub shaded with formations beneath a green lagoon’s surface. It’s what we bring to the apogee before the drying-off, dead crunch beneath our feet as rock- dragons wake to the heat, and emphatic belief that the dead will stay dead and there will be no lift, no rebirth, wherever you come from, whatever you believe. Step carefully around these wreaths hooked into granite sheen, holdalls for a soil-less ecology, a carpet you know would say so much more if your boots were off and skin touched life brought back, restored, gifted, bristling with death because death is the most alive district to inhabit. We could say so much more if only we had the time. John Kinsella John Kinsella’s new work includes the story collection Pushing Back (Transit Lounge, 2021), Saussure's Kaleidoscope Graphology Drawing-Poems (Five Islands Press/Apothecary Archive, 2021) and The Ascension of Sheep: Collected Poems Volume 1 (UWAP, 2022). More by John Kinsella Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?