Author Spot/January 2022
Updated: Feb 11, 2022
Arc Magazine has published two issues. Arc summer issue 2021 and Arc Prose Poetry Anthology 2021. Many worldwide writers has contributed to it. We will publish about them and their published articles in Arc Magazine separately in the Author spot column.
This week we are publishing prose poem by Paul Hetherington Octopus. It was included in Arc Prose Poetry Anthology 2021.
Paul Hetherington is a distinguished poet who has published numerous full-length poetry and prose poetry collections and has won or been nominated for more than thirty national and international awards and competitions. He won the 2014 WA Premier’s Lit Literary Award (poetry), was shortlisted for the 2017 Kenneth Slessor Prize and undertook an Australia Council Residency at the BR Whiting Studio in Rome in 2015–16. Paul is Professor of Writing in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) and joint founding editor of the international online journal Axon: Creative Explorations. He founded the International Prose Poetry Group in 2014.
He says about his writing process : My poems often start with a single word or a single idea or even a rhythmic sense, or a weird intuition that a poem is waiting to be written. So I tend to write first drafts quite quickly and then, once I’ve got something, I try to hear the form or intuit the form through the process of writing. Often it will emerge in the writing process. With the prose poetry I’m writing at the moment, I’m often consciously working with the prose poetry form and so that form is partly driving the ideas.