Pete Hay

Pete Hay lives in Tasmania and writes of place, islands, environmental activism and environmental thought, as well as poetry and personal essays. Poetry publications include Meeting of Sighs: The Folk Verse of Vitoria’s Western District (as editor), The View from the Non-Members’ Bar, Silently On The Tide, and, most recently, Last Days of the Mill (co-authored with the visual artist, Tony Thorne). His ‘other’ writing credits include Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought, A Companion to Environmental Thought, Vandiemonian Essays, and The Forests (with Matthew Newton). Last Days of the Mill was shortlisted for the 2013 Tasmanian Book Prize, and won the Peoples’ Choice Award.

Pete Hay Reviews Rachael Mead and Amanda Joy

The chapbook is the ideal public presentation of poetry for the times in which we live. It is even more portable than the conventionally slim collection; its humbler production values permit poets to get their work ‘out there’, thereby meeting the democratic criterion of accessibility for both poet and reader, and it is conducive to the rigours of thematic focus that a small body of work encourages. Long may it flourish.

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The Breath of Vast Time

I sit in Kevin Kiernan’s garden on the middle slopes of The Mountain. In the 1970s a young Kevin Kiernan was prominent in the unsuccessful struggle to save Lake Pedder from inundation within a back-up storage reservoir, a struggle that stands within Australian history as the first great nationally-scoped battle for wilderness preservation.

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