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  • of Given the transubstantiation underway in the world of books given also the fragility of our faith in the state of economic play given everything it s hard to imagine we ll see a bigger bookstore anywhere again And I think I ve discovered where all the poetry in the world has gone it s up one flight on the red floor Until I carry half of it back home with me Near the top of the stairs two flights up from poetry I saw my name chalked on a board Turns out I really am reading here Sunday night 20 March I m talking first with Barry Lopez who s travelling up from Eugene We ll talk the state of nature and the state of nature writing in the US and in Australia Barry will read from his work and I ll read from mine some poems from Fire Diary some new poems and some passages from my landscape memoir The Blue Plateau Milkweed 2009 We start at 7 00 pm and you ll need to come all the way up to the top to find us The reading is part of a tour I m making through Canada

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  • turn violent The weather will move outside the band of normal instability and turbulence in which it s operated just about forever and life may get close to unliveable for most of us Not to mention the inevitable downstream effects of straight warming rising sea levels inundation of low lying areas the drying up of glacier fed river systems as the poles and the glaciers melt Climate has always changed but it s changing around us now like it may never have changed before It s hard to tell with weather it is by nature so long and so variable But the world is seeing bigger storms and cyclones very much more often than it did southeastern Australia and other dry temperate parts of the world are getting bigger and hotter fires more often the polar ice caps are receding and the glaciers are melting faster flooding most recently in Pakistan and elsewhere in other parts of the world under the influence of increasingly erratic and heavy handed monsoons is happening on a scale we haven t seen much certainly as often before The cause of all this may not be carbon and we may not be the cause of the carbon though both propositions seem absurd to me But the weather is not what it was Someone s turned up the thermostat and the finger s pointing at us We re all guessing what will happen and how bad it will get It s clear the wet are getting wetter and the dry are getting drier but it s a whole lot more complicated than that and you can bet it ll get a whole lot messier yet For me the awareness that the weather may be changing so radically around us induces not only a low level nagging fear especially for one s children and their generation but also grief and shame It s frightening to contemplate the havoc already at play and terrifying to think about how much worse it could all get and not merely for oneself If one s ethics extends beyond one s self and even beyond the merely human realm it s chastening it s mortifying to think that how one has lived one s life how one has fuelled one s prosperity and ease has induced a change in the weather the consequence of which could be massive species extinction including our own We are already living through the sixth mass extinction event we know about in the history of the earth much of it is caused by how immoderately we have thrown our weight around how many habitats we ve rendered unliveable how many food chains we ve cut some of it also and most of it in the years ahead is caused by the changing weather much of which we seem to have caused too It s fearful to think that the weather won t stay liveable forever maybe not even for too much longer even though few of us in our current incarnations will be here to watch it fall apart But there s a grief that runs deeper than this It may be sentimental but I feel it Regardless of who s to blame and the smart money s on you and me this beautiful organism this intelligent system the climate of the planet has been it seems compromised Profoundly The weather we have known the weather that gave rise to the vivid and teeming immaculate world in which the human species evolved and all that it has dreamed and learned and lost and made is passing away The weather of the Holocene is dying out the weather of the Anthropocene is turning ugly We have diminished the world that spawned and sustained and inspired us Not excluding it seems the weather our first and only home And where will we be without it 15 A cloudburst on the Gib Time has passed The earth has spun on and the days have lengthened We ve crossed the equinox and seen off the summer solstice The earth has completed a quarter of its annual orbit around that great star not so great in the larger scheme of things dwarfed as it is by Pollux Betelgeuse Arcturus and the gang of mega stars in other galaxies the sun since I last sat down to this essay It s two days after Christmas now 2010 There has been weather quite a bit of it and not just here There is a mardi gras of weather across the continent across the globe right now Where I live now not far from the Shoalhaven where this piece began there has been a lot of rain and not just here Ten year dry runs are over across much of central and eastern Australia and rivers are in flood Queanbeyan flooded for the first time since the early seventies the Murrumbidgee rose and flooded Wagga Wagga Bumper harvests of wheat were diminished by late rain whole harvests of stone fruits were wrecked by hailstorms in November Lake Eyre which filled in mid year is still an inland sea and there s been so much rain up north it s sure to fill again in a few months December broke all records for rainfall where I am the dams overbrimmed the Wingecarribee plumped up and its brown waters are still running hard over the weir at the nature reserve where I sometimes go to recollect myself and count birds Christmas Day when it came was dry and still and hot the template from which every other Australian Christmas might have been cut Yesterday late on a humid cloudy Boxing Day I walked the track through the old quarry to the Gib Halfway up I stoped for ten minutes to watch a rufous fantail flaunt its elegant aerial stuff above the blackwoods sheoaks and garden escapees I walked on and as I climbed the stairs near the summit some of them cut from the Bowral trachyte they

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  • available in shops now I m thrilled to have a poem in the collection again this year Look out for great poems by Judy Beveridge David Brooks Stephen Edgar Anne Elvey Susan Fealy Robert Gray Martin Harrison Anthony Lawrence Debbie Lim Andrew Slattery and Chloe Wilson among those I ve read so far Read More Plateau falls short Published Tuesday November 09 2010 Label I was in Melbourne yesterday Monday 8 November for the announcement of the Prime Minister s Literary Awards The Blue Plateau was shortlisted in nonfiction The prize went to The Colony Grace Karskens history of colonial Sydney The Colony Congratulations to Grace and to the other shortlisted authors And thanks to the PM and Minister Crean and the judges for considering my book In her elegant speech Julia Gillard commented that literature anchors all the arts Had I gotten the chance to speak I d have applauded that sentiment with all due respect to the other arts compared to which Read More The Lyrebird Published Tuesday October 26 2010 Label A sestet I wrote near the end of my recent stay at Bundanon appeared last Saturday 23 October in The Sydney Morning Herald It appeared with Robert Gray s review of the new collection of the late Peter Porter s poems I read with Robert Gray the Friday at Blue Metal Vineyard in Berrima coincidentally and it was a joy for me to appear in the paper with two such fine and very different Australian poets Three generations almost of Australian poetry Here s my poem though its line breaks are ruined The Lyrebird Read More Blue Gray Red Published Tuesday October 26 2010 Label A reminder that I m sharing a reading with the great Australian poet my friend Robert Gray at Blue Metal Vineyard

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  • new book of poems Storm and Honey in late November I referred to a long essay I had written about Judy her poetics and poetics at large A short edited version of the essay appeared as Some Other Shore in Indigo 5 http www indigojournal org au I ve worked on the essay since It s called The Cool Web and it appears in the next issue of Heat issue

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  • just let me know thanks Andrew that I had the wrong contact email address listed on my site for inquiries about the cowshed classes and weekend workshops The address you want is I ve fixed it on the site now too but I thought a note and an apology might be in order You can also register interest by using the form that opens up down the bottom of my

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  • hosted poetry readings for longer than any other venue in the city Poets who ve shared their work there include Judy Beveridge Geoff Lehmann Dorothy Porter Robert Adamson and Les Murray so I m honoured to be asked to read from my own work in their considerable wake Once upon a time as it happens I began one of my former lives as a book publisher for Allen Unwin in

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  • we met a couple of weeks back about the nature and the future of poetry so my piece is as much about poetry as about him I m sharing the stage with Robert a couple of times at the Perth Writers Festival a 26 February to 2 March we re talking landscape and we re reading poetry I ve also finally gotten around to reading his terrific memoir The Land

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  • The Blue Plateau I ll talk about the making of poetry and prose I ll talk about nature writing essays memoir I ll talk about writing as art and writing as work Since my new book The Little Black Book of Business Writing is just out I ll Read More The Little Black Book of Business Writing hits the mean streets Published Thursday June 17 2010 Label The Little Black Book of Business Writing which I wrote with Geoff Whyte is according to its blurb writers a trim book of style for everyone who writes at work and wants to do it better It s also a lyric rant against corporate cant and a cry for bureaucratic and scholarly grace The third and last in the series that began with The Little Red Writing Book The Little Black Book has just come out June 2010 It s a writing Read More Poetry Place Truth and Self on the Sunshine Coast 24 25 July 2010 Published Thursday June 17 2010 Label Reality Bites 3 Australia s unique festival of literary nonfiction is drawing close The festival runs from 23 July to 1 August over two successive weekends Midwinter in the Noosa hinterland heaven on earth I m on two panels both with Robert Gray Two poets crashing a prose party On the Saturday we talk about memoir place lyric nonfiction and if we have any time left the writing life This session is Places of the Heart it s shaped around our two memoirs On Sunday we talk about the nature and uses of poetry in particular any Read More Nature Writing workshop at Olvar Wood 10 July 2010 Published Tuesday June 15 2010 Label On the weekend of 10 11 July I m running a workshop and masterclass on nature

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