C C A D A Tambourine of the cicada. Ululation of the cicada. White noise of the cicada. Emerging out of cricket jangle, a crescendo of chattering, surround-sound clattering, mating call, war cry, territorial stake, community sing, the sonic arc steeply decrescendos back into frog cry and kookaburra hoo-hah. Between arias, erratic vocalists flutter about gums, jockeying for position, fastened firmly onto bark (just look at the moult grip of dried exuviae) readying for the next tsunami of babble. An array of 1300 species: Magicicada, Cherry Nose, Dog Day, Brown Baker, Red Eye, Greengrocer, Yellow Monday, Whisky…
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