'The seeking of asylum in Australia has been politicised in recent decades. Our national conversation has vilified people fleeing persecution and desensitised the Australian polity to human suffering. We are further marginalising the most vulnerable groups in the world and at greater expense than accommodating refugees in the community. What impact does this have upon our collective ethics and national identity? And if our public conversation is steering us into murky moral territory, where may a dissenting voice be heard?
'Writing to the Wire is a collection of poems by Australians and people who would like to be Australians. It is a book about the idea of being Australian. It is about who we are and who we would rather be. Writing to the Wire offers new ways to understand injustice, to speak out and tell stories. Poetry can show us what we’re thinking and feeling in a way our politics has failed to do.' (Publication summary)
'A lyrical genealogy as lush as the terrains it inhabits, Intercolonial unburdens a tremendous hybrid swathe of Australian and New Zealand history... Oliver weaves an elliptical thread: from Kupe, arriving in New Zealand; to Solomon Blay, the notable executional of Van Diemen's Land; to Thomas McCormack, Oliver's great grandfather...' (Publisher's blurb)