Poems

Jamie Grant: The Stuffed Crocodile

The Stuffed Crocodile The stuffed crocodile in the Darwin museum is the size of an automobile, one able to carry two rows of passengers, and it is armour-plated, equipped with dagger-shaped teeth, and yet in its lifetime it was known by an amiable nickname, as if it were some kindly uncle and not a monster that was known to attack fishermen in their boats. In death   it is preserved in all its awe-inspiring bulk, along with birds and lizards, and souvenirs of the cyclone that swept the whole city away. Most of Darwin, now, is new, as if purpose-built…

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