Post­cards from the Cen­tre

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books - Ron Pretty

It is dry here: the hard rocks glare in the sun, their edges bruise us as we pass into the next room, the next desert. Above, the pel­i­cans fly to­wards a lake al­ready dry­ing into salt and Sturt’s Desert Pea flares de­fi­ance above its grey sprawl of loose sand un­der­neath which scor­pi­ons and snakes play hide and seek with the parched ex­plor­ers who’ve paid good dol­lars for this tour, and now des­ic­cated by a clin­i­cal sun stum­ble from one con­cep­tual mirage to the next.

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