, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 135–137 | Cite as

Review of Shé Hawke, Aquamorphia: falling for water

Carindale, Queensland: IP (Interactive Publications), 2014, ISBN: 978-1925231007, 84pp.
  • Lenart Škof
  • Jeff StewartEmail author

Jules Michelet, in his homage to the sea, writes that there are three forms of nature, the variable ocean of the Air, the fixed ocean of the Earth, and finally the ocean of the Waters, and that ‘These three forms compose the … musical scale, by whose means Infinity speaks to the soul.’ While ‘at the same time’, he suggests, we must ‘observe the difference’ between each (Michelet 2001). A call that could have come from Luce Irigaray, another writer of fluids, whom Shé Hawke also references throughout her book of poems to and from water—Irigaray, who speaks of the sea as an infinity of mauve flowers, ‘Between the blue of the sky, and the blue of the earth’ (Irigaray 2004). Through Aquamorphias beginnings in the ‘feminine divine’, through Erikapaios, Phanes and Metis, Tethys, Persephone, Eurydice, and Athena, and the meeting of ‘Rainbow warriors’ on the protest ship Genevieve, crossing the path of a ‘US nuclear sub off Cockburn Sound in 86’, to the gentle drops of haiku, until, finally,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Philosophical Studies, Science and Research CentreUniversity of PrimorskaKoperSlovenia
  2. 2.Independent scholarVictoriaAustralia

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