Anne Elvey lives on BoonWurrung Country in the bayside suburb of Seaford, Victoria. Her poetry publications include On arrivals of breath (Poetica Christi Press, 2019), White on White (Cordite Books, 2018), Intatto. Intact: Ecopoesia. Ecopoetry, co-authored with Massimo D’Arcangelo and Helen Moore (La Vita Felice, 2017), This Flesh That You Know (Leaf Press 2015), international winner of the Overleaf Chapbook Manuscript Award, and Kin (Five Islands Press, 2014), which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize. Her most recent book of research is Reading the Magnificat in Australia: Creative Engagements with a Lukan Song of Protest (Unsettling White Settlements) (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2020). She is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University and an Honorary Research Associate at University of Divinity.
If we are to speak, what is it we must speak? If we are allowed to speak, what is it we must say? Who constitutes the ‘we’ that speaks? Anne Elvey’s new collection frames such questions against the contemporary world and its multiple challenges. These poems in turn explore environmental encounters, subtle and overt expressions of the political, the elisions of history, the embodiment of the world and the nature of grace, through poetry sharply attuned to its subject matter. For Elvey, poetry has an obligation not only to chart intimate moments, but also to draw those moments towards the numinous matter of our Earthy habitats.