This poem is taken from Stand 239, 21(3) September - November 2023.

Barnaby Smith The Queen opens Parramatta Stadium, 1986
recall a striated heron on the river
                    that day –
could be picking out junk food on the terraces
                    junk food
is a mode of resistance, receding
                    with the roar
& overture of welcome – why not stay
                    gently seated
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