The unease of a review

While cleaning up my inbox, I noticed that the most recent issue of Feminist Theology carries a review of Reading the Magnificat in Australia: Unsettling Engagements. Very grateful to have a review from Lisa Isherwood that recognises the unsettled and unsettling nature of the work. A bit uneasy about one comment that seems counter to what I was trying to say, about the relative age of the cultural traditions behind the biblical Magnificat and First Nations cultures, so perhaps my writing was unclear. I make the point that First Nations’ songs predate the Magnificat which arrives with the colonisers. And this is a key point. If I were to consider the traditions behind the Magnificat as of a comparable age, it may be through seeing human songs as indebted to older more-than-human songs (which I discuss in chapter 5), though perhaps there are ancient Middle Eastern and European women’s traditions that I don’t discuss that could be adduced. Isherwood notes aptly the problematics of a white settler writer saying anything about the reception of a colonial text in the ongoing colonial space in which I am situated as an inheritor of white privilege, and says: ‘I imagine Elvey wants the reader to be aware of the difficulties and to constantly question her own understandings.’ This is true. At the end of her review, I note with appreciation, she describes the book as ‘a magnificent journey’, and says, ‘Elvey wants us to listen again to an ancient text and by doing so, to open ourselves to a situated but unsettled praxis.’ Yes.

La Mama Poetica online – still available to view

The video of La Mama Poetica Online from 20 October 2020 is still available to view for a donation (of any amount) via this link.

I have been enjoying reading recent books by my co-readers from last night’s La Mama Poetics online: Jocelyn Deane, Anisa Nandaula and David Stavanger.

A particular highlight is David Stavanger’s sequence ‘Dog Minding’.

For me, Anisa Nandaula’s embodied performance and/as poetics is clear and persuasive.

I am finding Jocelyn Deane’s shifts of perspective on popular culture, classics and biblical themes to be highly engaging.

La Mama Poetica online – Tuesday 20 October 2020 – 7.30pm

Looking forward to participating in this event coming up on Tuesday along with David Stavanger, Anisa Nandaula, and Jocelyn Deane.

This online event will have a live Q&A at the end of all poets performances.


The event is ticketed.


Details here:

Bookings via this link

Plumwood Mountain Vol 6 No 1: The Everywhere of Things is live!

The new issue of Plumwood Mountain is live. So grateful to our guest editor Jill Jones and all the poets for a fantastic issue thinking things.

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Thanks to the brilliant Jill Jones, our guest poetry editor for our February 2019, The Everywhere of Things, is published, with commissioned poems from Alison Whittaker, Elena Gomez, Janet Jiahui Wu, Mindy Gill, and Shastra Deo, and lots more from Australian and international poets. Read, enjoy, think. 

Thanks, too, to Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for support of poets and their work, enabling us to pay for new work by Australian poets.

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Submissions are now open

Read Jill Jones’ brilliant call for submissions with a focus on matter and things, a theme after my own heart.

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What is your interest in things and their syntax? How might a poem discover their vibrance, movement, resonance, their turning? So, sound, narrate, list, complicate, fold and unfold the things of this world, in their over-thereness, in their beside-hereness, in their still life, their other life, their non-human-life, their between-life, their part-of-human life. I want to read this. (Jill Jones) 

Submissions are now open until Sunday 28 October 2018, for Plumwood Mountain 6, 1 (Feb 2019), guest edited by Jill Jones. Read the full prompt for submissions and submissions guidelines here before you send us your work.

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Plumwood Mountain Volume 5 Number 2 is now live

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‘The sound of rain: a constant, pink noise that hurtles behind these poems. Like the elemental soundtrack to a Bill Viola film, water clattering on stone.’ So begins Bonny Cassidy’s editorial to the current issue of Plumwood Mountain journal. You can find the contents listing here. There are 25 poems to enjoy.

IMGP1121 Macquarie Island. Photo © Bonny Cassidy.

In addition to poetry we have an essay-haiku-like reflection on whales from Daniel Helman, a dense imagistic essay dancing between Trump, the author’s father and Virginia Woolf from Meredith Wattison, a conversation between Amy Lin and Caitlin Maling, and a photo essay from the exhibition In The Opencollaborative artworks around place, landscape and environment, curated by Judith Tucker and Harriet Tarlo, held in conjunction with the ASLE-UKI &Land2 Conference 2017: Cross Multi Inter Trans that I was fortunate to attend in Sheffield, UK, in September 2017. We published…

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Poets speak up to Adani launched last night in Melbourne

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Thanks to Stop Adani campaign for great images from last night’s Melbourne launch of hope for whole: poets speak up to Adani, a few eBook you can read more about and download here. Nearly 20 poets read their poems from a book representing over 60 poets writing in protest at big coal, concern about climate change, and vision of different world. You can read the media release here: Media Release-Launch of hope for whole-poets speak up to Adani-Melbourne2018

Thanks to Charlie, and Stop Adani campaign, for the photos, collation and graphic.