Watermarks, Rivers, Pan

Published : Sunday, October 28, 2007 | Label: Books  

As well as these three works, I have edited three collections of Australian writing. Each appeared as an issue of a literary journal, which I jointly guest-edited:

  • 1. Watermarks, 64/2 of Southerly, 2004. This collection of ecocriticism and nature writing in prose and poetry gathers selections from the first Watermark Festival of Nature Writing. It includes an editorial by me about that event and about the state and place of nature writing in Australia.
  • 2. Where the Rivers Meet, 18:2 of Manoa, 2007. I jointly edited this collection of fine contemporary Australian writing with…
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What’s Writing For

What makes writing worth writing—and reading—is what the story or the poem achieves beyond the tale it tells: its music, its wisdom, its form, the way it makes the ordinary world beautifully strange. A good tale is only good, in other words, if the telling is sound and memorable. It’s the voice and mood, the arc and flow, the poetry of the writing that endure when the storyline fades.

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