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Submissions are open for:
‘The Transformative Now’.
from 16 December to 03 February
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Call for submissions

New issue: Vol.10 N.01
The Transformative Now

How to take part: Scroll down to see how you can be part of the community that’s building ideas for this issue. We’re accepting your thoughts (prose) by email now.

Submissions of poetry will be invited via Submittable between December 16, 2022 and February 3, 2023. Successful poems will be published ($80 per poem) in the journal’s April issue, 2023.

Reaching into poetry

There are ways of talking about our human embeddedness in the more-than-human world that seem to me to leave too much intact. The daily sense of what it means to be civilised, human- and consumer-centric positioning allowing a broadly sustained irrelationship with the planet, remains essentially undisturbed. Not all humans benefit from or wish to be part of this positioning, yet its dominance is global.

This is a call for poetry that is willing to reach transformatively towards cultural change,

drawing ‘ecopoetry’ out of its box and towards a capacity to reimagine or re-view our falsely (excessively, inimically) human-centric experiences. I’m looking for poetry that inserts alternatives into assumptions that place humans above or outside the ecosystems we are part of, poetry that refuses the distance systems of domination and extraction have placed between our daily modes of living and the relationships that characterise life on Earth.

There are cultures, ways of being, ways of doing, that do not underplay the interconnections humans are part of, where sensitivity to and a valuing of the biosphere, as it is and over time, lies inside what it means to be intelligent, successful, wise. Yet a large proportion of the world’s human population is rarely asked to attend to the more-than-human world.

Where are the modern stories and practices that tie the bulk of humans intimately to this rich and complex Earth? Beyond awe, where are the images and associations, the practices and commitments that shape our responsive and responsible relationships to that complexity?

The call here is for poetry that pictures what it might mean (bodily, emotionally, collectively) for a consumer-based, human-centric society to embrace Earth-centric thought and behaviour.

Submissions of poetry will be sought between December 16 this year and February 3, 2023.

 

Starting now, you are invited to help build the ideas that will contribute to this issue.

Please read the prompts below and respond by sending your thoughtsup to 200 words per prompt—in an email to kristen@plumwoodmountain.com.

The links for the five prompts below will be regularly updated with selections from replies received by email. Authorship will be noted unless anonymity is requested. Responses are optional—a voluntary contribution to a space it is hoped will spur and support the poetry that happens later.

  1. Name a technique for change-making (disruption, play, truth-telling, revelation) you value or have been moved by in poetry. Techniques mentioned by others are available here.
  2. Ask a provocative, deviant, left-of-field, atypical question to shake our sense of self and place here on Earth. Raymond Antrobus, for example, in With Birds You’re Never Lonely, asks:  “I wondered what the trees would say about us? / What books would they write if they had to cut us down?” Questions posed already are offered here.
  3. Give a specific example of cultural change (in any field) that impresses you for the deepening, Earth-centric regard it embodies. Click here for examples already received.
  4. Give the earth-centric meaning for some common human-centric terms, such as “freedom”, “self”, “right”, “kin”, “success”, “history”, “progress”, or any term that feels important to you. Follow this link for meanings crafted by others.
  5. Set a task for a poet that will incite an imaginative (compelling, galvanising, revitalising, physically engaging) re-telling of our whole-Earth relationships. Find tasks set by others here.
Kristen Lang

has lived in north-west Tasmania / lutruwita, in the foothills of Mount Roland, for over a decade. For her, climbing to the plateau is an act of unravelling, a coming-to, a dispersion, and there is rarely a compelling reason for coming down… Sometimes there is a poem to read, or to be written. Kristen’s most recent book, Earth Dwellers, published by Giramondo in 2021, reflects not so much a shift in her focus as the beginning of a concentration, a tension, what would be, were poetry a greater force, and may it become so, a gesture towards this living world. A gesture of what? Alarm? Recognition? Entanglement? Maybe love. The book was longlisted for the International Laurel Prize and follows The Weight of Light (Five Islands Press) and SkinNotes (Walleah Press). Kristen’s hope is that again and again there will be more of the sprawl and tug and tie of our more-than-human connectedness in our tongues, in our skulls, in the edgelessness, in the now-and-now ecologies of our uncentred selves.

Submission Guidelines

Poetry submissions, with a total maximum of 200 lines (eg, one longer poem or several shorter poems per poet), will be invited via Submittable between December 16, 2022 and February 3, 2023. Successful poems will be published ($80 per poem) in the journal’s April issue, 2023.

The Submittable link below will become live on December 16, 2022.

Read the latest issue

A Poetics of Rights

VOL.09 N.01

An Australian and international
journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.

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