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A Human Pattern (2e)
Categories: 20th Century, Australian, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback 2e (256 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2010)
Never from earth again the coolamon,
or thin black children dancing like the shadows
of saplings in the wind. Night lips the harsh
scarp of the tableland and cools its granite.
Night floods us suddenly as history,
that has sunk many islands in its good time.
from ‘Nigger’s Leap: New England’
Judith Wright (1915-2000) is one of Australia’s best loved, and essential, poets. Devoted to place, responsive to landscape and to the violence done to the land and its inhabitants, John Kinsella says in his introduction,‘she looked inwards into Australia, and in doing so made the local...universal’. A Human Pattern, a selected poems she prepared after she had abandoned writing poetry in order to devote her remaining years to fighting for Aboriginal rights and conservation, presents her best work from 1946 to her last collection, Phantom Dwelling (1986).
FROM THE MOVING IMAGE
The Company of Lovers
The Hawthorn Hedge
Nigger’s Leap: New England
Brother and Sisters
South of My Days
For New England
The Moving Image
FROM WOMAN TO MAN
Woman to Man
Woman to Child
Spring After War
'Judith Wright seems to belong to the two generations that followed hers, her own work changing and leading the changes in Australian writing and opening a way for the new poetry of the older people.'
Michael Schmidt, Lives of the Poets
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