Stick in a thumb and pull out a plum: Poetry and Consumption … Plumwood Mountain Vol 5 No 1 is live

A new issue of Plumwood Mountain, self-described as ‘An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics’, is now live with 31 poems guest edited by Michael Farrell on the theme ‘Poetry and Consumption’, a bumper set of 20 book reviews, an essay on Amitav Ghosh by Jennifer Mackenzie and the section… Continue reading

Further discussion, ‘The cult of the noble amateur’ (Rebecca Watts)

Initially, Rebecca Watts, ‘The Cult of the Noble Amateur’, PN Review 239 and Hollie McNish’s response, PN Review Melanie Branton, Accessibility vs elitism The Guardian, ‘Poetry world split over polemic attacking amateur work by young female poets Responses by Don Paterson and Rebecca Watts, The BBC A Poetry Foundation response,… Continue reading

Melissa Lee-Houghton: ‘Articulating your experience is remarkably life affirming’

There’s a disturbing line – actually, the whole piece is disturbing – in poet Melissa Lee-Houghton’s Guardian article of a couple of years ago wherein she discusses the importance (for her psychiatric recovery) of writing. She writes that The nurses in the hospitals seemed bored and often bullied me in disturbing… Continue reading