Sophia Rose O’Rourke
That there is a convergence
Between immersive states of consciousness in poetry
and everyday awareness of land, and weather and space
Martin read from his lecture notes.
Yourself as a kind of – cartographer
Mapping inward and outward spaces of consciousness
Tracing out the landscape
You find meaning – you make sense
That it is this form
Eco poetics – if you like
That connects the mind with outside events
Working through what we cannot process
A way of remembering
Things which otherwise
Remain memories living in landscape
That we think can be forgotten.
Sophia Rose O’Rourke was in Martin Harrison’s final writing class at the University of Technology Sydney, mentored by Martin to always push conventional boundaries, reinvigorate philosophical thought and pursue writing in a difficult climate. Sophia was raised in Canberra, attending the Orana Steiner School and now lives in Sydney where she works in production at the ABC and continues to write independently. Sophia has a particular interest in creative non fiction and experimental writing.