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Call for submissions—A Poetics of Rights



Deadline (y-m-d): 2022-05-29

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The submissions window for ‘A Poetics of Rights’ is open from 4 April to 29 May. We welcome poetry that has not been previously published, either in print or online. Up to 2 poems may be sent via Submittable.

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Details About A Poetics of Rights

This special issue of Plumwood Mountain Journal, to be co-edited by Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella, will focus on the intersections between environmentalism, human rights and Indigenous rights issues. Our aim is to present an array of poetry that consolidates ‘rights’ and opens up ‘new’ perspectives on how ecologically-concerned poetry can be sensitive to First Nations cultures, countries, and knowledge, and also take into account global human rights focuses. These concerns might be expressed through poetry of climate rights that refutes invasive, colonising/exploitative industries that ride roughshod over the dignity and health of the biosphere. We welcome submissions from all poets who are sensitive to these issues and see poetry as a means of addressing injustice. Poems do not have to be directly about ‘issues’, but they need to be sensitised to the core focus (and foci) of the edition. We strongly encourage Indigenous/First Nations poets to submit work.

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Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella

Charmaine Papertalk Green is an award-winning Aboriginal poet of the Wajarri, Badimaya and Nhanagardi Wilunyu from Yamaji Nation. Author of Nganajungu Yagu (Cordite, 2019); Tiptoeing Tod the Tracker (Oxford University Press, 2014); Just Like That (Fremantle Art Press, 2007) and co-author of False Claims of Colonial Thieves (Magabala Books, 2018) with poet John Kinsella. She lives in Geraldton, Western Australia.

John Kinsella’s most recent book of new poetry is Supervivid Depastoralism (Vagabond, 2021). With Charmaine Papertalk Green, he has co-authored False Claims of Colonial Thieves—their new collection Art will be published by Magabala Books later this year. The first volume of his collected poems, The Ascension of Sheep: Poems 1980-2005 has just appeared (UWAP, 2022). He is an Emeritus Professor of Literature and Environment at Curtin University, Western Australia. John Kinsella wishes always to acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands he comes from and so often writes—the Ballardong Noongar people, the Whadjuk Noongar people, the Yued Noongar people, and the Yamaji people.

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Submission Guidelines

  • You may submit up to 2 previously unpublished poems in a single Word document with 1.5 spacing.
  • Poems must be no longer than 50 lines.
  • Submissions will be read anonymously, so please don’t include your name in the Word document.
  • We welcome simultaneous submissions and ask that you withdraw your submission via Submittable if your poem is accepted elsewhere.

The submission deadline is 29th May 2022

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