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Issue Details: First known date: 2022... 2022 The Quiet of the Sky : A Conversation about Poetry across and within Time and Place
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'This article explores the dialogue between two poets: DC Chambial, who lives in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and myself — Cameron Hindrum — living on the island state of Australia, Tasmania. This dialogue has been occurring broadly over the last couple of years, across which we have been swapping poems, responses to each other’s poems, and snippets of our lives and histories. For the specific purposes of this chapter, I have focused on the emergence of the poetic muse in each of us, and how — in different cultures, at different times, on different continents — the impulse of poetry has driven us both to explore our environments, our histories and the parameters of our knowledge of the world — or at least, our respective local areas within it. When asked about the constant of his island home (St Lucia) in his work, Derek Walcott replied that “What we can do as poets in terms of our honesty is simply to write within the immediate perimeter of not more than twenty miles really.” (Holland-Batt, 2021, 196) Consequently, in what follows I will be navigating the intersection of history, inspiration, context and creativity in providing a concise illustration of two poets in their place and time, as contrasting as they are, utilising poetic craft to examine respective environs that could not be more distinct from one another. To focalise this navigation further, I draw on two specific individual influences that have emerged: the work of William Wordsworth, and that of Philip Larkin. The contrasting poetics of these two giants of the canon provide illuminating and provocative punctuation for the aesthetic conversation between two poets on different sides of the planet, and their reflections on the craft of poetry.' 



  • Epigraph:

    ‘Once again

    Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,

    That on a wild secluded scene impress

    Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect

    The landscape with the quiet of the sky.’

    (William Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey)


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    y separately published work icon Teesta Review : A Journal of Poetry Interliminal Encounters : Indian and Australian Writers in Po(i)etic Dialogue vol. 5 no. 2 November 2022 25715269 2022 periodical issue '‘Let us flow like the river’, I read frequently in the email signatures of my esteemed colleague and Editor-in-Chief of Teesta Journal, Jaydeep Sarangi. No matter how many times I see these words, I never tire of them, and never fail to feel myself smile as I read them. They evoke thought of the mighty Teesta River, which courses through such diverse terrains, feeding and connecting many otherwise very different people and cultures. The river as symbol says so much about what poetry at its best can be, and of the reasons why it matters. In multiple senses, poetry flows, and allows us to flow. It flows both from and towards – from experiences, emotions, thoughts, situations, responses, and often other poems; and towards new insights, connections, possibilities, and actions, including actions of inspiring or creating more poems.' (Editorial introduction) 2022
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