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Issue Details: First known date: 1975 1975
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    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. 198
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    y Eve Rejects Apple : Poems Barbara Giles , London Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1978 Z98278 1978 selected work poetry London Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1978 pg. 114
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    y The Hag in the Mirror : New and Selected Poems Barbara Giles , Kew : Pariah Press , 1989 Z554694 1989 selected work poetry Kew : Pariah Press , 1989 pg. 43
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    y The Oxford Book of Australian Light Verse R. F. Brissenden (editor), Philip Grundy (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1991 Z424830 1991 anthology poetry humour satire South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1991 pg. 46
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    y Poems : Seven Ages Barbara Giles , Ringwood : Penguin , 1997 Z407481 1997 selected work poetry Ringwood : Penguin , 1997 pg. 138
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