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Aboriginal country

Bellear, Lisa, 1961-2018
Much of Lisa Bellear's poetry is politics made eloquent. In Aboriginal Country many poems seem to spark with frustrated energy over Australia's political crossed circuits regarding a treaty with our First Nations peoples - as promised by Prime Minister Hawke in 1988. Reading the title poem for the first time I was struck by its power. We are on Aboriginal Country in Australia. With subtle barbs she wakes us as to how the 'ownership' (via naming 'rights') of Australian public lands and monuments lauds absent white English royalty and 'intrepid god fearing discoverers'. Yet in her closing lines the poet transforms this potential for bitterness into a moment of hushed respect for country.
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Aboriginal country / Lisa Bellear ; edited by Jen Jewel Brown.
Crawley, WA : UWA Publishing, 2018.
92 pages ; 21 cm.
Series title:
Aboriginal Country -- Dear Dja Baby Boori -- To no-one: And Mary did time -- Ruby was never seen again -- Poor Pretty Polly -- They named me King Billy -- The Rapist -- Love's Polished Floor -- Break the Cycle -- Mr Prime Minister (of Australia) -- Beautiful Yuroke Red River Gum -- Who hears our children's cries -- Tanna Man -- Artist Unknown -- Construct Me -- Cross through my heart -- A Suitcase Full of Mould -- Time to leave -- Mostar -- A Peaceable Existence -- Writer's Block -- Taxi -- Thirty Seconds -- Alive, alone Dreamtime -- My sister's apron -- Freedom Mandela -- A Found Poem -- Exhibition Building -- Federation Statement -- Message Failed -- Recommendation 339 -- Reconciliation spins my head -- Pursued -- Never again -- A Bridge to Reconcile -- Permission to scream -- To Wilfred Tapau -- Home -- A Significant Life -- Struggle on -- Come Dancin' -- Tears of hope -- The Jungas/police are coming -- Hear Yea, Hear Yea, Hear Yea --Wailing and Listing of Clans, Language Groups, Nations -- Warriors without Treaties -- Imagined Reality -- Conversations (aka unfinished business) -- Heart to Heart.
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