i do have some physical tasks at hand today, namely the dreaded vaccuuming / mopping, but i think that i will be spending some time browsing through the poems in cordite 29: pastoral, edited by stuart cooke. 

in his generous editorial, cooke semi-defines the pastoral thusly: 

At its very core, a poetics of farm and bush is an exploration of Western experience at the limits: taken from its urban confines, it is poetry of the human confronted with the far-more-than-itself.

i like the idea ‘poetry of the human confronted with the far-more-than-itself’, & look forward to seeing how the poems selected fill out such a statement.