The First-Born single work   poetry   "Where are my first-born, said the brown land, sighing"
Issue Details: First known date: 1970 1970
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  • Appears in:
    y The First-Born and Other Poems Jack Davis , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1970 Z9270 1970 selected work poetry

    A collection of poems by Jack Davis that were inspired by his life, and that of his family.

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1970
    pg. 1
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    y The Brown Land Crying Richard Beilby , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1975 Z42513 1975 single work novel Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1975
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    y Wide Domain : Western Australian Themes and Images Bruce Bennett (editor), William Grono (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1979 Z37247 1979 anthology correspondence poetry drama short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1979 pg. 228
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    y Inside Black Australia : An Anthology of Aboriginal Poetry Kevin Gilbert (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1988 Z372806 1988 anthology poetry (taught in 3 units)

    'Inside Black Australia', is the first anthology of Aboriginal poetry to be published, it contains 150 poems by more than 40 Aboriginal writers and poets.

    Ringwood : Penguin , 1988
    pg. 54
  • Appears in:
    y Margins : A West Coast Selection of Poetry 1829-1988 William Grono (editor), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1988 Z141535 1988 anthology poetry Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1988 pg. 241
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    y Writers in Action: The Writer's Choice Evenings Gerry Turcotte (editor), Sydney : Currency Press , 1990 Z466125 1990 anthology interview poetry Sydney : Currency Press , 1990 pg. 195
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    y The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry John Tranter (editor), Philip Mead (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 Z151302 1991 anthology poetry Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 pg. 67
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    y Family Ties : Australian Poems of the Family Jennifer Strauss (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 Z115299 1998 anthology poetry South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 pg. 87
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature Anita Heiss (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicholas Jose (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2008 Z1483175 2008 anthology poetry drama prose correspondence criticism extract (taught in 19 units)

    'An authoritative survey of Australian Aboriginal writing over two centuries, across a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres. Including some of the most distinctive writing produced in Australia, it offers rich insights into Aboriginal culture and experience...

    'The anthology includes journalism, petitions and political letters from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as major works that reflect the blossoming of Aboriginal poetry, prose and drama from the mid-twentieth century onwards. Literature has been used as a powerful political tool by Aboriginal people in a political system which renders them largely voiceless. These works chronicle the ongoing suffering of dispossession, but also the resilience of Aboriginal people across the country, and the hope and joy in their lives.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2008
    pg. 57-58
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 623
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    y Antipodes : Poetic Responses Margaret Bradstock (editor), Putney : Phoenix Education , 2011 Z1760960 2011 anthology poetry extract Antipodes, representing poets born between 1790 and 1983, provides a wonderful introduction to the changing views of Australia and its history over the past two hundred years as well as to the excellent poetry that is part of our heritage. -- Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby (from the Foreword) Putney : Phoenix Education , 2011 pg. 36

Works about this Work

Writing Their Own History : 'Aboriginal Australia' in the Poetry of Jack Davis and Kevin Gilbert Deepti Sharma , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: IJAS , no. 5 2012; (p. 84-97)
This paper : focuses on the history emerging out of the poems of these two writers Davis and Gilbert in the context of New Historical perspective.' (85)
Identities and Cultures - John Muk Muk Burke John Muk Muk Burke , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: Voices and Spaces : Indigenous and Multicultural Writers in Dialogue 2006; (p. 78-86)
Still Dreaming : Old Voices, New Songs : Contemporary Aboriginal Poetry Jennifer A. Martiniello , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Many Voices : Poetry for World Peace in the New Millennium 2001; (p. 14-17)
Writers of Australia, "I Dips Me Lid" Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1994 single work prose
— Appears in: Oodgeroo 1994; (p. 212-228)
Still Dreaming : Old Voices, New Songs : Contemporary Aboriginal Poetry Jennifer A. Martiniello , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Many Voices : Poetry for World Peace in the New Millennium 2001; (p. 14-17)
Identities and Cultures - John Muk Muk Burke John Muk Muk Burke , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: Voices and Spaces : Indigenous and Multicultural Writers in Dialogue 2006; (p. 78-86)
Writers of Australia, "I Dips Me Lid" Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1994 single work prose
— Appears in: Oodgeroo 1994; (p. 212-228)
Writing Their Own History : 'Aboriginal Australia' in the Poetry of Jack Davis and Kevin Gilbert Deepti Sharma , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: IJAS , no. 5 2012; (p. 84-97)
This paper : focuses on the history emerging out of the poems of these two writers Davis and Gilbert in the context of New Historical perspective.' (85)
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