Stuart Cooke is a poet, translator and critic of ecopoetics. His poems have been published in most major Australian literary magazines including Southerly, Meanjin, Cordite, Overland, Famous Reporter, Blue Dog and Going Down Swinging. His translation of Juan Garrido Salgado’s Once Poemas en Septiembre, 1973 ('Eleven Poems on September, 1973’) was published by Picaro Press in 2007. His first full-length book of poems, Edge Music, was released in 2011.
As a poet, he is increasingly interested with ecopoetics that doesn’t simply describe ‘nature’ or ‘natural scenes’. Rather, he states he is 'looking at ways of articulating ecological networks,or of allowing energy to flow through language(s) in the same way that it flows constantly between different forms and materials in an ecosystem. Ideally, I’d like my language to graft onto the ecology in question. In order to do so, poetry must become as surprising, as fractured and as many-sided as any other part of a complex ecology.'