Mark Tredinnick OAM is an award-winning poet, essayist and teacher of writing. He is the author of eighteen books of poetry and prose, and his writing has won the Montreal and Cardiff Poetry Prizes, the Blake and Newcastle Poetry Prizes, the ACU and Ron Pretty Poetry Prizes, two Premiers’ Literature Awards and the Calibre Essay Prize. The Blue Plateau, his landscape memoir, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize, and in 2020 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to literature and education.
To sing, to say
Non-fictionHow poetry works – its oracular way, its indirection – is how land works, he saw. Land as a teacher, as an embodiment not only of its own intergrity but of human aspirations and virtues like hope and beauty; land as an educator of the senses; land as a measure against which to prove and compare one’s own and others’ lives, as a theatre for the divine comedy of all human life; land as an elder, as a god, as a library...