Australian Ecopoetics Past, Present, Future: What Do the Plants Say?

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“In what follows, I will be guided by my own green biases and botanical proclivities. To foot-slog a swathe through the intricate ground of Australian ecopoetics, I will don chlorophyll-streaked glasses – will listen closely to what the plants say.”

Over at the Cordite Poetry Review, John Charles Ryan uses Marder’s plant-thinking to suggest where environmentally-engaged poetry in Australia is headed.

“A postcolonial ecopoetics of plants is about paying attention – and learning how to listen, a process whereby the botanical becomes a lens for the literary, rather than vice versa.”

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