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‘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

Submissions of POETRY responding to the paragraphs below are now invited via Submittable. The submission window closes at midnight on February 3, 2023. Please submit no more than 200 lines of poetry in total (as one poem, a poem sequence, or as separate poems totalling 200 lines). 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 (up to 200 lines all told) are sought between now and midnight on February 3, 2023.

Ideas for writing

Previously, a number of wonderful writers contributed responses to the prompts below as a way to build ideas for the poetry that is now sought.

A few TECHNIQUES have been suggested, some PROVOCATIONS have been offered, some EARTH-CENTRIC WORD DEFINITIONS have been explored, and some specific TASKS FOR POETS have been set.

These may all be found by following the links below and I extend my warmest thanks to the writers who have sent in replies. Further contributions of this kind remain welcome and the examples are not at all to be considered exhaustive.

Most of all, I look forward, via Submittable, to your poetry, whether in response to the prompts below, the paragraphs above, or as a revealing tangent to all these ideas. 

  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
  • Please submit no more than 200 lines of poetry in total (as one poem, a poem sequence, or as separate poems totalling 200 lines).
  • Submissions are read by the editor anonymously, so please do not include your name or any other identifying elements on your submissions file.
  • We welcome simultaneous submissions and ask that you withdraw your submission via Submittable if your poem is accepted elsewhere.
  • Successful poems will be published ($80 per poem) in the journal’s April issue, 2023

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