ECOPOET: MARK O'CONNOR'S 'PILBARA' / PETRA WHITE
Ecopoetry is a recent movement, formally beginning in the early 2000s. It now has a Wikipedia entry and a Neil Astley anthology, Earthshattering: ecopoems. Ecopoetry, sometimes referred to as the new ‘nature poetry’, takes a distinctly ethical position regarding human relationships to nature, and considers human responsibility, rather than seeing nature as a passive reflector of human emotions....
WORD FROM THE SKY / PETRA WHITE
For those who haven’t been paying attention, our AP-appointed poet laureate has been moving fast. She word-wept on the clifftops of Christmas Island; she crept up on the Queensland floods and exposed them for what they were – liquid! – and she published a poem about Cyclone Yasi before it even made landfall (thank God those poor Queenslanders had a poem to recite while they waited!). Most...
ON AUSTRALIAN PUBLISHING / ELIZABETH CAMPBELL
Quite frequently, some well-meaning civilian congratulates me on ‘being published’. It is, they understand, very hard to ‘get published’ in poetry? ‘Not at all!’ I reply, with a vehemence surprising to the civilian. Of course, what is hard is to ‘get published’ by a large publisher, with money, distribution and a public profile. We hear about the...