My post-colonial theorist friends may sneer, but as I make soup and play your Festa Brasil supple hands of sound reach out to heft the shards of glacier grief out of the way – grim and historical begins to shift to lift. Thank you, Putumayo, for bringing these revolutionising rhythms and riff into my darkened kitchen breaking through the bleak rubble – propelling me away from cramped and limping toward the possibility of the ecstasy of bright-limbs dancing. Note: Putumayo is a record company which specialises in World Music
Gina Mercer revels in being a writer, teacher, and editor. In Spring 2021 she will enjoy an artist’s residency on King Island, Bass Strait. She was Editor of Island Magazine from 2006-2010. She‘s taught creative writing in universities and communities for over 30 years. She’s published eleven books. Her three latest are: The Sky Falls Down: An Anthology of Loss (co-edited with Terry Whitebeach, Ginninderra Press, 2019); The Dictionary of Water (Wild Element Press, 2019, firstname.lastname@example.org); and Watermarks (Ginninderra Press, in press, 2021).