Becoming Semi-devotional: Creating a Melbourne Beach Poetics

Michael Farrell


Dogs may well set up a sort of barking at the very idea of a Melbourne beach poetics. Others, sceptical of the use of the term poetics as a means of zhoozhing or shoring up the aesthetics of an inadequate theme, may growl. And what of easy identifications of nature with forms of art? Are they just another form of greenwashing? Can Melbourne beachness be defined only in terms of lack? And what does this beachness mean when the ideal is defined by Fiske, Hodge and Turner in negative terms: ‘no houses, no tents, no sandmining, no road and no way in except in bare feet’?


Beaches; Melbourne; beach poetics

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