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Swamp: Walking the Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain

Written by Nandi Chinna


**Available exclusively from the Fremantle Press website**

Chinna uncovers the lost places that exist beneath the townscape of Perth. For the last four years the poet has walked the wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain – and she has walked the paths and streets where the wetlands once were.

Chinna writes with great poignancy and beauty of our inability to return, and the ways in which we can use the dual practice of writing and walking to reclaim what we have lost. Her poems speak with urgency about wetlands that are under threat from development today.

'I found reading this sequence of poems moving, exciting, engaging, often sad and melancholic. It left me wanting to know more.' Susan Hawthorne, James Cook University

'I am not aware of any other body of work that is located within an urban space and actually works across this binary opposition. These poems do this with exquisite care and attention.' Margaret Somerville, University of Sydney

'Chinna has translated her environmental poetics in to an activism which includes walking tours of Perth’s wetlands, this making real her poetic impulse.' Wasafiri, Issue 86

'Swamp is memorable as the journey of a poet, an indictment of current environmental damage, what we have lost and how we are all responsible for what remains, no matter where we live.' Plumwood Mountain

ISBN 9781922089489 (Paperback)
Formats Lightning Source (203 x 133mm) (Paperback)
Categories Poetry
Pages 128
Publication Year 2014
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Nandi Chinna

    Nandi Chinna is a writer and environmental activist. Nandi has written a PhD on walking and the lost wetlands of Perth. Read more