Ann Vickery’s Bees do bother…

Ann Vickery’s Bees Do Bother: An Antagonist’s Care Pack (Vagabond Press, 2021), is now out and available here.

Bees Do Bother: An Antagonist’s Carepack takes its cue from Leonardo da Vinci’s observation that the bee does not simply collect and use but digests and transforms. It considers firstly, how our understanding of social interactions might borrow from those of the more-than human and secondly, that we need to reconceptualise existence as closely connected to the more-than-human.

Ann Vickery teaches writing and literature at Deakin University. She is the author of two poetry collections, Devious Intimacy (Hunter Publishers, 2015) and The Complete Pocketbook of Swoon (Vagabond Press, 2014). She was the Australasian representative at the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam in 2016, collaborated on the “Venetian Blind” installation at the 2019 Personal Structures: Identities exhibition in Venice, and collaborated with ClimActs at the Biennale of Australian Art in 2018. She has had poetry translated in Dutch, German, and Vietnamese and also published in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her work has been anthologised in a number of Best Australian Poems, shortlisted for two Helen Anne Bell Bequest Poetry Awards, and appeared in a number of national and international anthologies. She is also the author of two monographs, Leaving Lines of Gender: A Feminist Genealogy of Language Writing (Wesleyan University Press, 2000) and Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry (Salt, 2007).