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  • of place Specifically it carries a number of essays poems and Tom Griffiths beautiful testimonial to Eric Rolls from the July 2009 Watermark Festival Among many fine pieces in the issue you ll find Carolyn Leach Paholkski s tender and accomplished poems The Sorrow Bird and Now You are Lost to Me Richard Lemm s elegant Among the Jellyfish and Debbie Lim s haunting Visitation The theme of last year

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  • you ll leave the only thanks you ll get to give Write as if you knew you d die in the night Write then the way you would be loved write the way you would be governed write the way you d want justice done to yourself but also to your lover and your children and to the poor and disenfranchised and also to the corrupt Write tenderly astutely wisely write clear and lean and tough Write the way you d want to be remembered Write as Faulkner says to please yourself but make yourself very hard to please Learn the rules before you presume to break them Write to refute cliche and defy mediocrity Write to resist Write if you can to improve the stock of wisdom in the world write to help Write to change yourself to change the way things are write to find yourself and to find the world and the words the world needs said in your voice about now The struggle to improve our sentences is the struggle to improve ourselves and improving ourselves we make ourselves more useful to those we love and those we should love better and not only the humans not merely our tribe Write to give form and second near eternal life to what is almost unsayable in any human heart Henry James in the divine comedy of being for a time alive on earth And write what is mysterious about every little thing and which escapes us nearly every time Hold everything dear John Berger and write it down Write as truthfully and as memorably as you can because as Gabriel Garcia Marquez put it once that is a writer s duty a writer s revolutionary duty To make sentences at least as good and clear and shapely

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  • is who one is what one reads is a large part of what one believes and has to say for one s self A large part of how one comes to know one s self and the world It is how one heals if one ever heals one s self and maybe someone else So you can see if you study my list how much of what I ve said here already is written under the influence of books at my elbows So be careful but not too careful what you read Read wisely maybe and widely and well And read slowly Start here with this anthology and start anywhere if you re trying to get your reading life back Start now before you re ready 4 SPEAKING OF THE PLENTIFUL IMAGERY OF THE WORLD The shape of a metaphor is the shape of wisdom And what do poems and stories speak if not metaphors What do they do if not tell the world slant The shape of a metaphor I m paraphrasing Jan Zwicky whose book as you know I have here along with several of her books of poems on my desk This thought of hers is shapely and alluring and elusive and she argues the case for it lyrically and convincingly in Wisdom Metaphor I want to borrow her line of thought here though for a minute for it makes the case for reading at another level entirely What you have to do to make meaning of a metaphor to work from the story to the moral to work from the simile to the thing itself without reducing either is what and it s a metaphor for what a human mind must do in order to be wise Wisdom isn t the same thing as expertise or knowledge It s bigger looser more poetic it s a way of seeing not a way of knowing for sure It has more humanity in it Those who think metaphorically are enabled Zwicky goes on to think truly because the shape of their thinking echoes the shape of the world Think about that for a moment What one sees is a lot less than all one gets or might get if one slowed and wondered and practiced some curiosity How things seem is not all that they are it may not be what they are at all To get at the way the whole thing the Earth its human and non human cultures politics love weather sex mind works one has to leap intelligently and imaginatively from how things look to what they are or might once have been or are on their way to becoming One has to intuit the music for which one is given a note or two one has to read the love in behind the acts of petulance and hunger one has to work a little to find a Heaven in a Wild Flower but it s there The world trades it evinces its truths shapes itself in metaphor Zwicky suggests each thing offers not itself but an image of its truth its many selves Each thing in the world tells the truth but not the whole truth and it tells its truth slant to paraphrase Emily Dickinson This is how poems and stories work too of course they communicate metaphorically and indirectly and partially leaving a reader to imagine the ecosystem of which they are the indicator species the place for which they are a synecdoche Stories and poems therefore participate and involve readers in the singing the telling by the world of itself As I say in The Little Read Writing Book each sentence is an act of creation and a piece of creation They speak the way the world speaks By steeping us in metaphor and teaching us to think poetically and asking us to read the world and ourselves in it as if it were a story reading makes a reader wise or wiser And it helps a reader belong more deeply in a world that turns out to be much older and larger and stranger and wilder than who she thought till then she was 5 WIN THE PRIZE FORGET THE PRIZE Prizes tell us what we prize Literary awards value and honour literature the whole literary endeavour not just the works that win them The kinds of award that the fine pieces of work gathered in this anthology have won matter of course to the writers who win them too and in a negative way to the writers who didn t win Awards buy a writer writing time they help you believe you can write they set a writer s name in bold they italicise a poem or a short story or an essay there s a map and they put you on it I ve won prizes and they ve helped me in all these ways and I m grateful and somewhat astonished that these prizes have come my way and I don t believe I m going to start giving them back But not a single one of them has held my hand and helped me write a new poem That work always falls to the writer in her solitude in his self doubt Faith in yourself is easier to sustain for a while in the wake of a prize But that faith includes doubt the same old doubt and some new doubt that somehow you are a fraud and you ll never write another piece as good another piece at all again All faith should include doubt Writing like reading is about soul making and becoming And one is never there one is at best always on the way I heard Andrew Motion a poet who won a huge poetry prize quite early in his writing life a prize that launched him and bought him two years of downtime say recently that if you win a prize you should say thank you and know how lucky

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  • in every sentence they write no matter what that sentence has in its sights This is not so much a literature about nature as a literature written from nature s point of view In it when it is any good men and women are conceived of in their fullest humanity as beings upon the earth as animals who sing and talk suffer build love hate destroy and finally die like all organisms Nature writing depicts the lives of men and women and children as miraculous angelic organisms and it sets those heavenly lifeforms down here on earth in animate sentient places in country alive with music and micro organic life with slow dancing mountains and among the nations of birds and weathers The ecological crisis we find ourselves staring at now arises out of humankind s estrangement from the wild world And literature has been complicit in that breakup too many books have been written in denial or ignorance of the rest of creation As a result of the great divorce of human culture from the more than human world our humankindness has been abstracted and diminished and the wild world whose health we depend upon now sickens Nature writing

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  • Clarence Street the day is trying to re member how to rain Up here in the room I m trying to remember how to teach Grammar Is what we both want a little fluency The way things went Before Sydney

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  • dairy at this end of the big Eridge Park Estate then it served the novitiate of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart to whom the Tooths gifted the shed and fifty surrounding acres just after the Second World War When the number of young women hearing the call or heeding it tailed off in the 1960s and the Sisters subdivided this plot these four thousand square metres with the shed in the middle of them and the house near the road and sold it the shed stopped being a dairy For twenty years I don t know what the shed was exactly Someone tidied this end of it up a bit then and it became a studio And before I came to write here a painter painted here in the big room with its four stall doors and its concrete floor and its outlook now glazed northeast toward the convent and east to the paddocks This is where I sit and write or pretend to write and run occasional workshops Every month I write a letter from the shed to no one in particular It is a familiar essay and in it I reflect on issues in the news here

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  • Image Info Credo Success Brief Life Contact Gallery Search this site This essay an extract from The Blue Plateau just came out in Terrain com http www terrain org essays 24 tredinnick htm The Blue Plateau comes out in the US Excerpt from Mustering the Sky Recent Post Why Write Prize Life Praise Life Getting Over Your Self A Peaceable Revolution Cool Web The Lyric Stance Voice Place and the

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  • as a poet essayist and critic and what I have in mind by critic is my work as a book reviewer Excerpt from Critiques Recent Post Why Write Prize Life Praise Life Getting Over Your Self A Peaceable Revolution Cool

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