Intersecting Energies: Location, Gender and Climate
edited by Anne Elvey
Bendigo, March 2016, photo by Anne Elvey
For the Wangan and Jangalingou Family Council, Adani and government are undermining native title. The Stop Adani campaign network has highlighted slogans such as ‘Coal versus Coral’. On the day this call for submissions opens, thousands upon thousands of school students and their supporters across Australia have marched to call for climate justice in the School Strike 4 Climate.
Marshall Islander, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, standing before the UN, summons her persona as mother to address her young child in ‘Dear Matafele Peinem’ [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJuRjy9k7GA%5D
Eunice Andrada evokes location and neglect due to distance in her poem ‘Pacific Salt’
Is climate change the overarching challenge of our time?
How do location and gender intersect in climate change poetics?
In this issue, I invite poems that consider intersections of climate change with gender and location, both physical place and the way location refers to experiences of race, class, ability and sexuality. What might be anti-colonial, queer, feminist, counter-classist, embodied poetries of climate change? How might the intersecting and sometimes distancing locations of climate change experience and politics be reimagined in resistant and enlivening ecological poetries that recollect embodied locatedness?
I am interested not in didactic poems telling the reader what to think about climate change but in poems that potentially shift the reader’s perspective, that have the capacity to – in Paul Celan’s terms – ‘turn the breath’, in a world where atmosphere (another kind of breath) and much else that depends on it are at stake.
Submissions were open from 15 March 2019 to 1 May 2019
Anne Elvey is managing editor of Plumwood Mountain journal. She is editor of hope for whole: poets speak up to Adani (2018) and author of White on White (Cordite 2018) and Kin (FIP 2014). Her scholarly work spans ecological hermeneutics, ecological feminism, biblical literature, the material turn in cultural studies, and religious responses to climate change. See further: https://anneelvey.wordpress.com/
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From December 2017 Plumwood Mountain is no longer considering unsolicited scholarly essays or creative prose. From time to time, there may be calls for such genres.
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Australian-based poets whose work is selected for the August 2019 issue of Plumwood Mountain journal, from this general call for submissions, will be paid a minimum of $50 per poem.
We are grateful for the support of Copyright Agency Cultural Fund that enabled payment of Australian-based poets for the August 2018 and February 2019 issues of the journal. This funding has also enabled poetry editors in addition to commission a small number of poems for the February and August 2019 issues.
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