Gina Mercer enjoys a three-stranded career as a writer, teacher and editor. She's taught in universities and communities for nearly 30 years. She's a former editor of 'Island'. She's published four collections of poetry: 'The Ocean in the Kitchen' (1999); 'Night Breathing' (2006); 'Handfeeding the Crocodile' (2007); and 'Seasoned with Honey' (with 3 other poets, 2008). She's published a novel, 'Parachute Silk (2001), plus two academic books. She's currently revelling in Tasmania.
'Weaving nests with smoke and stone' is Gina Mercer's fifth poetry collection, launched Hobart Bookshop, Hobart, Tasmania, 5:30 pm, Wednesday 25th November, 2015.
'Bird calls renovate our days', writes Gina Mercer. Quite so - our days and our lives. Whether we have the grace and generosity to live on this planet with birds will be the measure of our worth as a species. In this vital contribution to the emerging field of eco-poetry, Gina Mercer reaches across the species divide, a boundary that daunts most of us. She reaches out to the exquisite riotry of life - and weaves it deftly into poems of deep empathy. She paints our 'beige-busy days' in the colours of wonder. It is extraordinary poetry. Read it, let it renovate your days.