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Issue Details: First known date: 1968 1968
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  • Appears in:
    y Australian Letters vol. 8 no. 1 January 1968 Z595595 1968 periodical issue 1968 pg. 47
  • Appears in:
    y A Shadow and a Wish Anne Holman , Melbourne : Hawthorn Press , 1971 Z264731 1971 selected work poetry Melbourne : Hawthorn Press , 1971 pg. 5
  • Appears in:
    y Mother I'm Rooted : An Anthology of Australian Women Poets Kate Jennings (editor), Fitzroy : Outback Press , 1975 Z211514 1975 anthology poetry

    'Sheila Rowbotham has written that the political expression of personal experience lies within the domain of novels and poetry. Seldom has this principle been made more apparent than in the anthology Mother, I’m Rooted. It becomes more and more clear with each one of the [152] poets and 542 pages of the book that this is the unambiguous expression of a social consciousness which cannot be glossed over or dismissed as belonging to a “radical” fringe. For these poets speak from all corners of the female social situation in Australia, and cover the whole spectrum of political consciousness … the anthology includes the whole gamut of women’s experience, married, single, lesbian, heterosexual, mothers, workers housewives. Poets, they speak out in tones of despair, anger, melancholy, loneliness, solidarity, sardonic bitterness, humour, hope and hopelessness. This very diversity and wholesale inclusiveness gives Mother, I’m Rooted, a strength and a unity. A strength from the rawness of the poetry, uncompromised and undiluted by the male publishing regime; and a unity from the common experience of being woman' (87).

    Source: Howarth, Peter. 'Out of Nightmares into the Sun' Hecate 1.2 (1975): 87. (Note: Howarth's review gives the number of poets in the collection as 155; the correct number is 152.)

    Fitzroy : Outback Press , 1975
    pg. 250-251
  • Appears in:
    y What's Yours? : An Anthology of Australian Poetry Alvie Egan (editor), Bundoora : Victorian Foundation on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence , 1977 6630167 1977 anthology poetry Bundoora : Victorian Foundation on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence , 1977 pg. 29
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