Eos is a window onto natural aesthetics. I use the word Eos to refer to being in the presence of the new day, as light starts to overwhelm the gaps between the stars, before sunrise. The Greek god Eos was sister to the sun god Helios. Every morning, Eos rises from her golden throne, opens the gates of heaven and announces the coming of the sun and a new day.
Rising before dawn allows us to attend to Eos and gain some sense of our ancestors’ experience of waking to a world before farming, roads or cities, before writing, machines, electrification, algorithms or computers. Eos is an opportunity to become intimate with the traditional elements of earth, water, air and light.
Eos is appearing soon (feb 2018) in Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics and the Dark Mountain project.
ABC Radio documentary – Poetry at first light – John Bennett ~ Earshot Tuesday 16 February 2016
In this conversation with Gretchen Miller, John walks us through his local forest reserve, Jagun, through which a creek runs, before it reaches the sea. They talk about the birds, trees and landscape which his poetry obsessively documents – and Eos. Addendum with photos and more explanation on what Eos means to me here.
The video EOS – explains the concept . . . Every morning the Greek god Eos opens the gates of heaven and announces the coming of her brother Helios bringing a new day. Eos refers to new beginnings as light overwhelms the night and an opportunity to leave the modern world behind for a while.
If you wake before dawn and walk into a forest, park or garden, or onto a beach, you meet Eos and gain some sense of ancestral life before farming, roads or cities, before writing, electrification, statistics, algorithms or code. Helios gives life to the earth, but Eos offers affirmation and aesthetic joy.