Published in Overland Issue 239 Winter 2020 Nakata Brophy Prize Runner-up, Nakata Brophy Prize: From a place, unknown Tais Rose Acacia all black from the bone cup and a daughter born with a blue quandong sucked to the stone between her lips, the shadow of a camphor laurel leaf red bellied and heavy at the surface, its branch eaten smooth by a current of pearls and the velvet at the heart of a banksia broken under a foreign heel. Lomandra’s new shoot ripe for basket weaving and a tongue speaking language and something else for those of us who can’t remember how, with words wilted that don’t touch the ground, too bitter in the mouth for the familiar heartbeat of bush: lo man dra and other plants, uncommon, whose seed need burning and knowing hands and then the blood resilient and resinous like sap falling inward, beating for country I do not know behind eyes open, dreaming of dreaming and undreamt too. Under ashen silt and the grey in between, a quartz casting light through muddied waters alive with freshwater grayling and if you listen closely, you can hear the gold in the riverbed. Read the rest of Overland 239 If you enjoyed this piece, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four brilliant issues for a year Tais Rose Tais Rose is an Aboriginal writer and weaver living on Bundjalung country. With a complex displaced cultural identification through ancestral dissociation, her poetry seeks to highlight the significance of decolonisation work, while celebrating the resilient sentience of Aboriginal culture and connection to country that is inevitably passed on through blood. More by Tais Rose 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 30 October 202230 October 2022 Activities Final results of the 2021 Nakata Brophy Prize Editorial team The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, sponsored by Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and supporters, recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia. First published in Overland Issue 228 20 October 202220 October 2022 Prizes Announcing the Nakata Brophy 2021 shortlist Editorial team The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, sponsored by Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and supporters, recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia. The prize, now its sixth year, awards $5000 to one Indigenous writer 30 years or younger and $500 to two runner-up entries. First place also receives a writing residency at Trinity College and publication in Overland's print magazine.