Otherkind: actions, interactions and agencies of other animals and humans in Australian poetry, presented by Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics
How are human and other animal agencies entangled? In this presentation three poets, thinkers and activists read and reflect on human and other than human connections in Australian poetry.
In a comparative study, Michael Farrell explores Judith Wright’s Birds. What do birds do in Australian poetry?
What kind of space do they inhabit? Farrell will read a number of poems for their actions and interactions.
Susan Hawthorne will read her work and discuss human-animal connections in her writing. Anne Elvey will explore other than human agencies in Peter Porter’s Jonah poems. There will be time for audience discussion.
Michael Farrell and Susan Hawthorne are widely published poets and members of the editorial board of Plumwood Mountain journal.
Anne Elvey is managing editor of the journal. All three had poetry collections published in the last year: Michael Farrell, Cocky’s Joy (Giramondo, 2015), Susan Hawthorne, Lupa and Lamb (Spinifex, 2014), Anne Elvey, Kin (Five Islands Press, 2014). Plumwood Mountain is an open access online journal published twice a year at http://plumwoodmountain.com/