Three Koalas Having a Snooze

Okay, I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff. “Taronga” is Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney’s main zoo area, beside the Harbour. John Ashbery visited there in 1992. He subsequently wrote a poem containing the word “wallaby”, though we may have W.C. Fields to thank for that.*

Three Koalas

* I opened Ashbery’s book “Wakefulness” one day and it fell open to page 24, where I noticed that Australia has had its literary effect: “. . . peanuts fester. A wallaby streaks for the light, / suspenders down, indeed his pantleg is falling.”

Fields? J. Farnsworth Wallaby is a character in the W.C. Fields movie “The Man on the Flying Trapeze”.