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She is the Earth



She Is the Earth is the luminous new verse novel from celebrated poet Ali Cobby Eckermann. It charts a journey through grief and celebrates the healing power of Country. We follow Eckermann’s soft footfalls in the open (but far from empty) spaces between earth and sky; from sandstone to wetlands, from plains to mountain ranges.

Eckermann’s writing soars in this meditative and transformative piece. Soaked in lightness and dark, history and dreaming, her words will move you, shake you, devastate you and uplift you. This book is full of unexpected beauty in slow, contemplative moments. Read it to see the ‘She’ in and around all of us.


Praise for She is the Earth

“The dreamlike quality of her verse novel resonates in a musical cadence.”
Julie Janson, Australian Book Review

“...unlike any other book in Australian literature. Of the works Eckermann has written to date, it could well prove her most enduring.” 
Aidan Coleman, The Conversation

“...[Ali] is surely on the shortlist to become Australia’s next poet ­laureate.”
Caroline Overington, The Australian

“To read she is the earth is to hear the timeless voice of the living earth herself.”
Gloria Steinem

“'She is the Earth' feels both dreamlike and visceral, the talented poet making a nebulous plane of existence feel miraculously tangible in less than 100 pages.”
Sian Cain, The Guardian

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara poet and artist from South Australia whose work has been published and celebrated around the world. Her poetry collections include little bit long time and the award-winning collection Inside My Mother....

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