Welcome to PhotoVoltaicPoetry
poems ~ photographs ~ videos ~ music ~ essais – through a green lens
I am a writer and photographer passionate about art and the natural world and deeply concerned about the future.
Celebrate World Poetry Day at Coffs Library Wed 21 March 5:30pm
[Note venue changed from Coffs Regional Museum, forecast storms!)
The current exhibition Rime of the Ancient Mariner features paintings by well known local artist, rugby coach, and literature lover, Geoff Mould. I will be in conversation with Geoff and then MC an open session – bring poems on the theme of the sea. Free but bookings are requested.
Protocols of light and water, March 17 Poem with images
A new poem with images Eos ~ March 4
Pink Bloodwood, Jagun, March 15. This is not sap but kino, a red gum (hence the name bloodwood) leaked by eucalypts in reaction to physical damage, often by borers. Kino is a jelly that quickly dries to an amber-like substance. Aborigines made it into a tea for treating colds.
New Video Feb 2018 – This is Where ~ Three Days in October (‘The bush’, mythic strategy of white Australia belonging.)
Eos Photo essai in Plumwood Mountain 5:1
The decline of high profile mammal species
Australia Day, Sydney
– from the Premier to the marchers such different responses – Change the date!
Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all, Richard Flanagan (Nov 22, 17). Yesterday March 4 we went to a screening of ‘Hope Road‘ in Bellingen, a local Fundraiser for Refugees. It is a film by Tom Zubrycki about Zacharia Machiek and a few supporters who want to raise money to build a school back in his home village in South Sudan. It reveals the difficulties of living in Australia as a refugee, the difficulty of fundraising and the awful ongoing conflict in Sudan.
The news today (Nov 1) from Mannus is appalling. For the latest reports see the Guardian. Back in August, Paul Bongiorno gave an impassioned account of the government’s duplicity – especially in the light of the leaked telephone conversation between our Prime Minister and the US President. Hear Paul here. The Local Refugee Group Facebook page is here.
After thirty years in the heart of Sydney, I now live on the Mid North Coast of NSW beside a forest by the sea.
a small Jagun poem
a haiku might grasp
momentarily for ever
the essence of incoming spring
but I’ve just made a photograph
of winter light
graphic on burnt Blackbutt
and stuffed my pockets
with Senna seeds