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Stamped text reading: '24 Jan 2003 RESTRICTED'
On my first day
they gave me a list

24 species
in latin names

descending the page
I saw the mark

for all the birds 
already gone
A stamp reading: ACCESSION NO. AW-43-17 DATE REQUESTED 26/2/2004
A black and white photo of a dark hallway lined with locked cabinets
Aplonis fusca  EX
Columba vitiensis godmanae EX
Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae subflavescens EX
Dasyornis broadbenti litoralis EX
Dromaius novaehollandiae minor EX
Dromaius novaehollandiae baudinianus EX
Dromaius novaehollandiae diemenensis EX
Drymodes superciliaris colcloughi EX
Gallicolumba norfolciensis EX
Gerygone insularis EX
Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae spadicea EX
Lalage leucopyga leucopyga EX
Nestor productus EX
Ninox novaeseelandiae albaria EX
Ninox novaeseelandiae undulata EX
Porphyrio albus EX
Psephotus pulcherrimus EX
Rallus pectoralis clelandi EX
Gallirallus philippensis macquariensis EX
Rhipidura cervina EX
Turdus poliocephalus poliocephalus EX
Turdus poliocephalus vinitinctus EX
Zosterops albogularis EX
Zosterops strenuus EX

through floors of cassette tapes
and microfiche 

foxing documents 
looping back 

through newspaper stacks 

weevil-proof string
entangled for weeks

in the mess of trails
and decades of waste

it took me months
to find my way

through the departmental