I hope all of you who are in lockdown in the eastern states are doing ok.
Jennifer Compton and I were scheduled to read in person in Canberra in June this year, from our new poetry collections out from Recent Work Press, but one of the earlier Melbourne lockdowns put that on hold until September. Now due to lockdowns in ACT and Vic, that event is online.
Of English, Irish and Scottish settler descent, I live and work on Boonwurrung Country (alternatively spelt Boon Wurrung or Bunurong Country) in what is also known as Seaford, Victoria. I pay my respects to the elders past, present and future and recognise their continuing relation to and care for Country. I acknowledge that their sovereignty over these lands and waters has never been ceded.
‘sun glint drift’ was the title of a poem published in the Red Room Writing Water project. It is also the title I give this blog about my poetry and research.
I am a poet, editor and researcher with interests in ecological poetics, ecological feminist hermeneutics, ecological criticism, the material turn, counter-colonial and decolonising ecological ethics, creative research practices, poetry and biblical literature.
My poetry publications include, Obligations of Voice (Recent Work Press 2021), On arrivals of breath (Poetica Christi 2019), White on White (Cordite Books 2018), and Kin (FIP 2014), shortlisted in the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards 2015.
I was to read as one of four featured poets at La Mama Poetica this evening. The three co-featuring poets were to be David Stavanger, Anisa Nandaula and Jocelyn Deane. I was looking forward to the event, as I suspect were all four of us. But I am relieved that, wisely, La Mama cancelled the event, with the hope that this is a postponement to a better time. The decision was made to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia. In solidarity, I have made this recording of poems I might have read tonight. My thanks to Amanda Anastasi for the invitation to read at La Mama.
The poems I read in this video are titled:
‘Night Gusts with House and Flowering Gum’, forthcoming in Island
My new poetry collection, On arrivals of breath, is forthcoming from Poetica Christi Press in October 2019. Copies can be purchased directly from me at $20 plus postage. To pre-order, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and an invoice will be issued closer to the date of publication. Payment methods are Paypal or EFT.
A Melbourne launch by Dorothy A Lee is on Tuesday 15 October 2019, 5.30 for 6.00pm. Email email@example.com for details. Poets Susan Fealy, E A Gleeson and Rose Lucas will read on the theme of breath.
A Sydney launch by Peter Boyle is on Tuesday 22 October 2019, 6.00 for 6.30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Poets Michael Aiken, Anne Casey and Tricia Dearborn will read on the theme of breath.
Poets John Foulcher and E A Gleeson have offered generous recommendations. My gratitude to them both: