The poet Janice Fixter died last year. She was just beginning to find her distinctive voice – lyrical, free-moving but strongly cadenced and disciplined by the Japanese haiku tradition. Her work ranged widely across the whole of her experience, but, above all, she was an eco-poet expressing a feminine identification with the natural world and a profound sense of a spiritual dimension. Her poems quiver with the evolving cosmos. They pulse with the pressing urgency of all living things: what she called the “wild otherness”. Characteristically, one of her later poems closes with the simple imperative: ...


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