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5.5 by 8.5 inches | 20 pp
978-1-926655-52-9 | $10.00

This Flesh That You Know

Anne Elvey

Winner of the International Prize in the Overleaf Chapbook Manuscript Competition, Spring 2015.

The Look

He saw the god in the bent-winged chick
that he carried and fed

with fruit and grain. The cage
he had not built for her

hung from the sky,
was without a door. Open

his palm was her country.…

This Flesh That You Know brings together poems about relationships with family in the wider context of attentiveness to things and how their intricacies shape our human connections. There are echoes of wider issues of the effects of war, climate change and white privilege. Human relationships are lived in habitats, in contexts that are always more than human.

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Anne Elvey is a writer, editor and researcher from Melbourne, Australia, with honorary appointments at Monash University and University of Divinity, and interests in ecopoetics and ecological criticism. She is author of a poetry collection Kin (Five Islands Press, 2014) and three previous chapbooks, and co-editor of Climate Change?—?Cultural Change: Religious Responses and Responsibilities (Wipf and Stock, 2013). Her poems were shortlisted in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2012 and the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2011. She was recipient of a Writers Victoria Writing@Rosebank fellowship in 2011. Anne is managing editor of Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics. She lives in Seaford, Victoria (Australia) with her partner Greg Price and two adult sons.

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