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From Devastation to Hope: Australian Bushfire Poetry Anthology
Messages from the Embers brings together 118 poetic voices and visions into 138 poems that detail and articulate the devastating 2019–2020 bushfire crisis.
While some writers address the broad political and social scope of the catastrophe, others take a microscope to the localised and domestic effects during a time when the fragility of every structure and living creature was magnified. Beginning with the origins of fire, to the burning to the ashen aftermath, this anthology is courageous in its expression and acknowledgement of the multilayered loss felt by so many. Within several of these poems is a resilient undercurrent of hopefulness, and a will to emerge from damage and drive a more perceptive way forward.
Foreword by Amanda Anastasi, Poet in Residence, Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub.
All profits from this publication will be directed to BlazeAid.
Includes foreword, backdrop, introduction, acknowledgments and biographies.
Publication date: 9 October 2020
Paperback (256 pp) and Kindle
Format: 229 x 152 mm (6 x 9 in.)
ISBN: 978-0-6480020-6-2 (p/b), 978-0-6480020-7-9 (e-book)
RRP $26.95 (p/b), $7.95 (e-book)
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About the editors
Julia Kaylock has a background in adult education, career coaching and educational publishing. She has been published widely in newspapers, journals, magazines, and online. She is the editor of poetry anthology Gatherings by the Lighthouse (Picklepoetry, 2019). www.juliakaylock.com
Denise O’Hagan has a background in commercial book publishing in Australia and the UK. She is Poetry Editor for Australia/New Zealand for Irish literary journal The Blue Nib, and author of the Mini Style Guide (Black Quill Press, 2018) and The Beating Heart (Ginninderra Press, 2020). https://denise-ohagan.com
Reviews of Messages from the Embers
‘These poems are a part of the broader climate change experience for Australians and communities worldwide. They are part of the conversation we need to have.’
Amanda Anastasi, Poet-in-Residence at the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub
‘Conveys the loss and destruction of the fires, bringing alive the senses and emotions from initial burning to charred remains...’
Emma Lee, author and book reviewer, The Blue Nib
‘This collection puts a much needed spotlight on the bushfire devastation in Australia – a great range of poetry from well-known and emerging poets.’
Kelly Van Nelson, author, poet, and TEDx speaker
‘(The) poets paint a candid, anthropological image of a people’s suffering, its struggles, and its triumphs lived during a catastrophic period in their history.’
Ariel E Delaflore, The Terrian Library