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Koe: An Aotearoa Ecopoetry Anthology

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Janet Newman, Robert Sullivan
August 2024

Expected release date is 22nd Aug 2024

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Koe invites readers to explore human connections with nature through a selection of over 100 poems composed in Aotearoa New Zealand from pre-European times to the present day. Including a substantial introduction and editors' notes, Koe is the first anthology to provide a comprehensive overview of ecopoetic traditions in Aotearoa and to locate these traditions as part of the global ecopoetry scene. In Koe, editors Janet Newman and Robert Sullivan reveal the genesis, development and heritage of a unique Aotearoa New Zealand ecopoetry derived from both traditional Maori poetry and the English poetry canon. Organised chronologically into three sections-representing the early years (poets born in or before the nineteenth century), the middle years of the twentieth century, and the twenty-first-century 'now'-each segment presents a diverse array of voices. Across all these time frames, speaking from the conditions of their era, the poets delve into themes of humility, reverence and interconnectedness with the nonhuman world. They challenge traditional Eurocentric perspectives, highlight the significance of indigenous narratives, and wrestle with the impacts of European colonisation. With more than 100 poems of celebration, elegy, fear, hope and activism, Koe gives us the history that holds our future.