Janet Newman

Janet Newman has a PhD in creative writing from Massey University for her thesis entitled ‘Imagining Ecologies: Traditions of Ecopoetry in Aotearoa New Zealand.” Her poetry, reviews, essays and short stories have been published in a variety of journals. Her poetry manuscript, ‘Unseasoned Campaigner,’ was a runner-up in the 2019 Kathleen Grattan Award and is forthcoming from Otago University Press. 

Janet Newman: The Earth Below

Will stands in the concrete pit surrounded by cows and machinery. He has been here since long before dawn, eye level with eight hundred udders, swelled and pink turned to baggy folds of skin. Outside, warm hides press inside a ring of rails.