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A Human Pattern (2e)

Judith Wright

Foreword by John Kinsella

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Categories: 20th Century, Australian, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback 2e (256 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2010)
£14.95 £13.45
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  • 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).

    Australia, alive with human and natural history, is vibrant in this selection. She is, John Kinsella’s writes, ‘a poet of human contact with the land’. She speaks directly to our perennial concerns.


    The Company of Lovers
    Bora Ring
    Blue Arab
    Trapped Dingo
    Remittance Man
    Soldier’s Farm
    The Trains
    The Idler
    The Hawthorn Hedge
    Nigger’s Leap: New England
    Brother and Sisters
    South of My Days
    The Surfer
    For New England
    The Moving Image

    Woman to Man
    Woman’s Song
    Woman to Child
    Conch shell
    The Maker
    The Sisters
    Spring After War

    Judith Wright (1915 - 2000) was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for human, especially Aboriginal, rights. Born in Armidale, New South Wales, she published many collections of poems and books of prose, including The Generations of Men, Preoccupations in Australian Poetry and Born of the Conquerors . Her Collected ... read more
    '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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