Almanac Poetry: What the Phoenicians Took from the Land of Punt


Phoenician Merchants and Traders. 19th Century engraving from book. [Source: Wikimedia Commons.]


What the Phoenicians Took from the Land of Punt


My Year Seven:
a Social Studies test.
Important to memorize this:
what did the Phoenicians
take from the land of Punt?
Answer: wood, incense, ivory,
ebony, silver, gold and apes
– thirty years later, I still remember.


But now I’m more sceptical
about my Social Studies book:
were there only these seven things?
And what did the Phoenicians
do with all those monkeys?




(Acknowledgements: appeared in my first collection, Vigorous Vernacular, Picaro Press, 2008, reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018.)



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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, was published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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