Shé Hawke is a poet and interdisciplinary scholar from Canberra. Shé respectfully acknowledges the people of Ngunnawal Country past, present and future on whose land most of the book was written. Her poetic, academic and personal interests centre around environmental and social justice. She is currently the Head of the Mediterranean Institute for Environmental Studies at the Science and Research Centre, Koper, Slovenia, and at the time of writing was homesick for Australian eucalypts. The book is dedicated to her late father Keith, sister Genevieve, nephew Jasper and cousin Aaron.
These poems emerged slowly, and through aleatory conversations between Shé and Jen, in which they identified points of connection in and beyond poetry. Both poets are interested in experiment, and in women poets’ voices; both have lived in Western Australia and been captivated by the light, the space, and the vastness of that state; and both poets have spent a fair bit of time in mourning and in responding to the loss of loved ones. They are also interested in movement in creative and scholarly terms. For Shé, the elemental world is a motivating force; for Jen, it’s travel—hence the title of this joint publication.