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Author Spot/January 2022

Updated: Feb 11, 2022

Author Spot

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.


By Paul Hetherington

A map like an octopus reaching tentacles to creeks and crevices. A map that’s a green splash on oatmeal paper; an inscription of waterways and dense conversations adhering through centuries—a strange palimpsest that “new holdings” stifle. A map of a time when, like a mollusc on a rock, this palimpsest reached into earth’s undulations and the world was alive with touched-forth significance. You hold it out and point to the past—this map like a creature feeling for origins, opening stories and writing new memory.

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