Hello, I'm Ella
Maker of poems and visual poems
PhD student in French Studies at University of Melbourne
Author of These Are Different Waters.
Occasional painter, slow swimmer, copyeditor
ella.skilbeck.porter at gmail dot com
ella.skilbeckporter at unimelb dot edu dot au
These are Different Waters
Shortlisted for the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest, 2021, Australia's largest poetry prize
"Conceptual, droll and formally experimental, These Are Different Waters disposes its wide-ranging materials into an elegant two-part structure: ‘Inflatable Pool’, and the substantial visual sequence, ‘Concrete Pool’. Skilbeck-Porter dares to devise her own weird syntax of hallucinatory profusion, a through-composed ‘ink spell’ of restless, post-Steinian parataxis. Decisive and yet dreamy, its poetic bricolage, ‘a stratosphere of shifting surfaces’, resists closure and passes the baton: ‘The end of my swim, the beginning of yours’."
Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award Judges (Kate Lilley, Pam Brown & Melinda Bufton)