I was thinking about the Blue Mountains when I wrote ‘Mountainousness’, which was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2011 and featured in Overland’s Emerging Poets Series last year. It’s a piece from ‘Anamnesis’, a poetry and poetics project about memory and how we tell stories about ourselves.
Today I’m headed up the mountains for a residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House in Katoomba. Under the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry I’ll spend three weeks working on ‘Anamnesis’. The project has also received support from the Australia Council for the Arts, in the form of a JUMP mentorship with Ross Gibson. There are, I suppose, worse ways to spend one’s autumn.