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Mary Cresswell’s review of ‘When Embers Dance’ – Plumwood Mountain journal

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‘Poetry of witness can come from other than battlefield trenches, blood and bombs. Katherine Seppings’ chapbook begins with horrific climate, both a heatwave and a firestorm … The poems move on, taking in more of the animal world (sheep in “Animal Liberation”, 8-9) and geographical space (“Avebury”, 11).
“Seville” brings people back into the equation (the kindness of strangers, when “All I could say was ‘gracias’”, 12) , followed by “Boat People” (“Who would come in a boat to these shores / girt by shark nets?”, 13).
By these two poems, presented one after the other, we are reminded that poetry of witness is a poetry of tension and of intolerable contrasts, not only wet versus dry but also what we pretend versus what we do:’
Read more – https://plumwoodmountain.com/mary-cresswell-reviews-when-embers-dance-by-katherine-seppings/

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When Embers Dance Launch Photos

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My poetry collection launch – When Embers Dance published by Melbourne Poets Union – the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine, Nov 2015

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MPU President Steve Smart (emcee)
Ross Donlon launching When Embers Dance

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John Hannah (musician), Katherine Seppings, John Romeril (playwright) and David Wallace (craftsman)

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Poets – Wendy Fleming, Anne Elvey (editor), Tru Dowling, Ross Donlon, Rob Wallis, Mark Slattery and Ann de Hugard

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Katherine Seppings and cousin, artist, Janine Tanzer

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MPU officials Christina Spry and Wendy Fleming with Katherine Seppings.
The garden of the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine.

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Photos by Maya

‘When Embers Dance’ – Poetry Collection Launch

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‘Poetry that compels – that challenges, and demands to be read.’ Peter Hay

Katherine E Seppings’ first poetry collection, When Embers Dance, has been called
‘a fearless first collection.’
Published by Melbourne Poets Union, edited by Anne Elvey, Katherine’s chapbook will be launched by Ross Donlon at The Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine, 2.30pm Sunday 29 November.

When Embers Dance is ‘an empathetic and hard hitting rendering of life in contemporary Australia,’ writes Sue King-Smith.
Poems of debilitating drought, bush fires, animal exploitation and family violence are interspersed with ‘hope and quiet joy—a bar in Seville… the birth of faith in a spring garden and poetic musings over a blank page.’

‘The constant note sounded in Katherine E. Seppings’ poems is one of compassion,’ says Ross Donlon. ‘She is able to express her feelings in precise, unsentimental language and through arresting imagery.’

Order When Embers Dance Here