PhD candidate Dani Netherclift recent publications…

Plumwood muscle © Anne Edwards Plumwood tree on Plumwood Mountain
Dani Netherclift lives surrounded by mountains in country Victoria. She was the winner of the 2020 AAWP/The Slow Canoe Creative Nonfiction Prize and has recently been published in Stilts Journal, Meniscus, Rabbit, and Recent Work Press’s anthology What We Carry. Dani is currently undertaking a PhD on the lyric essay at @WriteLitDeakin.

Plumwood Mountain

An Australian and International Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics

Stepping into the forest ocean floor of leaves. Scooping up a handful to drink and wash my face. It is early winter and the well loved ‘foreigner’ trees in Val’s garden have lost their leaves, their lichen covered bones are sticking out. Their small twig ends; chewed and dropped remind me of other little bones; Alice’s rat bones hidden deep in the stone fireplace—meat long gone toward other. No ghostly, otherworldly chimney exits for Alice. Neither for Val nor Victor. Victor’s wombat bones of root and carrot lie somewhere in an unknown chamber of his mountain burrow. Val lies also in the ground. Those little boneless butterfly feet cued the mourning crowd that it was OK to let go, to let Val return her library book; it’s pages, words, letters, bones, clothes, smile and intellect. Surrounded by bones, knee deep in them, Plumwood Mountain reminds me to negotiate and make culture with the full spectrum of life. To paraphrase Tagore, love the earth and it will reveal itself to you.

–Anne Edwards, resident caretaker of Plumwood Mountain, near Braidwood, New South Wales, 2014

Today we feature @daninetherclift‘s beautiful poem ‘Rivers’ from our most recent issue.

AND Our feature poet, and reviewer, is @daninetherclift with her review of ‘Timestamps’ by Sofie Westcombe.Image

We publish this review in the spirit of honouring the work and incredible talent of Sofie Westcombe.