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Joe Dolce: Four Poems

Abbott’s Boobies Papasula abbotti. Endangered seabirds of Christmas Island. White, with black eye patches, wings, tails, marked flanks, blue webbed feet, males have grey bills, females, pink, in face-to-face courtship display, pairs mate for life. Eggs weigh 10% of body weight, incubated under both parents’ feet,   who take turns, in shifts. High risk of extinction, from logging, phosphate mining—  (to protect them, Environment Minister Garrett refused an application for rainforest clearing. In later tenure, Turnbull refused similar application, squashed, by Federal Court, due to administrative bungle)— not-to-forget the danger, of pesky Yellow Crazy Ants, large, yellow-orange scavenging predators, long-legged, big…

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