The Future Keepers
About the book
The poems in 'The Future Keepers' honour ecosystems and the custodians of future ecologies. They navigate the poet's own embodied experiences of change and succession—of family, community and place. From the research scientists, gardeners, birds and plants of Kings Park, to the activism and ecosystems of the Beeliar Wetlands, to the poet's own inherited landscapes, these poems evoke mutuality and exchange in speaking of the gifts we receive from being open to encounters with other species, and the reciprocity that these gifts imply.
About the author
Nandi Chinna is a writer and environmental activist. Nandi has written a PhD on walking and the lost wetlands of Perth.
The six sections of 'The Future Keepers' are composed of poems that present lucid images of the natural world, focus on epiphanies, and balance narrative and lyric elements. The poems explore the relationships between humans and the environment, and humans and animals, as well as between First Nations people and more recent arrivals. These relationships culminate in the idea of the future, so vital to Chinna's poetics. The poems conceive of the natural world and generations of First Nations people as stretching back into deep time, and the importance of an awareness of the past in imagining a future. They dwell on specific and carefully-described locations: the sea on the way to Bald Island, Perth's Kings Park, and Wardandi Country, as well as on the fragility of the human body. Though the poems are beautifully transparent in their narratives and in their unfolding towards their final lines, the accretion of moments—both in dramatic scenes of protest and in quiet periods of contemplation—resonate far beyond each artfully-constructed poem.