Place in Poetry

Queensland Writers Week (October 10-16th) has been up and running in our fine State and as part of the celebrations Brisbane-based poetic guru Graham Nunn invited seven Queensland poets to:

‘discuss the role of place in their poetry. A sense of place plays an important role in the initiation of images for many poets. When a poet taps into the depth of their surroundings and is able to create images that bring the reader headlong into the environment that inspired them, it is a rare and blessed experience.’

I am pleased to be featured along with terrific poets like Samual Wagan Watson and Kristin Hannaford.

If you pop over to Another Lost Shark you can read my take on place in poetry (and the other poets who are from all over Queensland).

16 thoughts on “Queensland Writers Week

  1. Wowie, Gabrielle — congratulations! That’s super. šŸ™‚ Your poem is excellent, and I enjoyed your musings on poetry. I can relate so well to that “eerie feeling that I could simply disappear into the landscape, swallowed up by the spirit of the rock.” I feel that way, often, on my hikes.

    1. Good to see you TL šŸ™‚ Mountains have a great power about them – glad you could related to what I was saying (others just think I’m nuts – haha) – you are very lucky living where you do (big hugs and kisses from Australia).

  2. I enjoyed reading about how you write your poetry. Congratulations! The relationship of oneself to a place has always seemed very mysterious to me, and as your comments suggest the true meaning of that space around one has its origins between the ears. Perhaps relates to life in the burbs … but I have found outdoor spaces comforting mostly — though a keen storm can always remind you pretty quick about the power of nature — as can an earthquake — we only had a little one here in the DC area, but I’ll never forget it. Ever.

    As for rivers, I was born along the banks of the Potomac River as it flows through Washington DC at Bolling Air Force Base. As a consequence I have, no doubt, some politics flowing through my veins … but as nature goes, our river isn’t scary. I walked across one of the bridges that crosses the Potomac only once — at SouthEast DC — the Sousa Bridge. Was a magnificent experience. The roar of cars follows you and a huge roar it is. But below is all that glistening water and the sky above — it was late afternoon and the light was golden and magical. Even here in the penultimate city of politics, I found, Nature is still queen. It was wonderful.

    1. Thanks for your great comment Aletha – I love bridges and the Brisbane River now has some that are just for pedestrians (though you can still walk over the others on the footpath) – it is a great feeling walking over these massive bridges looking down over the water. I love small bridges too – like in Cambridge England where I went to school for 6 months as a teenager – gorgeous old stone bridges over that tiny river. The name Potomac is pretty cool – I feel I have heard of it, but maybe not. I might have to google maps it šŸ˜‰

  3. that was a very inspiring take on ‘place’ over at graham nunn’s. the river seems inscrutable, the photo tells that too. halfway across the world the brisbane river seems
    very real in my minds eye. we have the canal here, tho manmade, (by legend dug with clamshells haha) but also
    one absolutely can not swim in those currents, and they built tall steel mesh sidewalls along the bridge walkways so people couldnt jump off. but it is a canal and not a river.
    and it seems like rivers have legends in a special way to people, i think of alllllll the songs for instance, about rivers. from soulful to sleepy. the brisbane river, a memorable experience, thanx!

    1. thanks tipota – clamshells hey! Hahaha! Canals are so much more controlled than rivers, as a general rule – though at the Gold and Sunshine Coasts here in Queesland (where people love to surf and swim) their are many man-made canals which are quite dangerous because of the sharks living in them – you are not supposed to swim in the canals but people still do sometimes (they are very pretty and blue and I can see why someone would want to swim in them). You and I seem to often be talking about the Brisbane river – I remember you checked it on the google maps too. I have more photos now, from the last trip to Brisbane – I had no photos at all a few years back.

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