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by Brett Dionysius

An ultra-rare mineral known as reidite was found deep within the long-buried Woodleigh Crater near Shark Bay, approximately 750 kilometers north of Perth, Western Australia. Reidite is only formed under the extreme pressure created when rocks from outer space slam into the Earth’s crust. It is only the sixth time the mineral has been discovered on Earth.

cratered fast 
for a body
that spent 
a billion years
finding a home
punched a hole 
straight through
in anger.

comet or
the length 
of a good 
saturday park run 
or if the science 
is fit, 
run twice 
that distance.

drive from 
brisbane to 
the sunshine coast
or in wa
drive from
perth to
the margaret river
just for 
the minerals
in its wine.

reefs bleached 
in an instant
by the impact’s
magnesium flare
smile it said
you blinked
first compound eyes
simultaneously blinded
day of the triffids
eye stalks 
as spent matches
brachiopods sizzled
in the indian ocean’s 
seafood restaurant
bit off more 
than they could chew
bit the dust.
dumped bitcoin
of the devonian past.

a pin-prick 
of blood on 
zircon’s thumb
rarefaction wave
shook out 
shark bay
like a crustal
city-sized rug
gneiss genesis

only six 
times ever
been a ‘thing’
on earth
chesapeake bay 
rock elm 
rarefied company
rarer than
diamonds, gold
all evidence
of existence
fits under
a fingernail.

earth science
teachers don’t 
know of it
as cordite 
to a gun’s damage
entrance wound
residue around
puckered skin
or artillery 
shrapnel that 
mines deep 
beside the aorta
extinction event’s

in that hot box 
of energy 
two bodies radiate
in the instant
before contact
not a ‘thing’ at all
in that split second
of a magician’s trick
when the eye has 
not yet caught on
to the new
position of the coin.

reidite is born.

Brett Dionysius

About Brett Dionysius

B. R. Dionysius was founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. His poetry has been widely published in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. He is the author of one artist’s book, The Barflies’ Chorus (1995, Lyrebird Press), four poetry collections, Fatherlands (2000, Five Islands Press), Bacchanalia (2002, Interactive Press), Bowra (2013, Whitmore Press), Weranga (2013, Walleah Press), a verse novel, Universal Andalusia (2006, SOI 3) and two chapbooks, The Negativity Bin (2010, PressPress) and The Curious Noise of History (2011, Picaro Press). He won the 2009 Max Harris Poetry Award, was joint winner of the 2011 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize and was short-listed in the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize. He lives in Brisbane, teaches English and in his spare time watches birds.

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