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y My People : A Kath Walker Collection selected work   poetry   essay  
  • Author: Kath Walker http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/noonuccal-oodgeroo
Issue Details: First known date: 1970... 1970
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'Oodgeroo's writing is often a provocative and passionate plea for justice. My People is a collection of poetry and prose and a reminder of Oodgeroo's contribution to indigenous culture and the journey to reconciliation.' (Source: Reading Australia website)

Notes

  • Includes all poems from Oodgeroo's previous two collections, We Are Going and The Dawn Is at Hand, plus a number of new pieces in the second and third editions.

  • Other formats: Also sound recording and braille.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Milton, Milton - Toowong area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: Jacaranda Press , 1970 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Let Us Not Be Bitteri"Away with bitterness, my own dark people", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 2)
An Appeali"Statesmen, who make the nation's laws,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 3)
The Curlew Criedi"Three nights they heard the curlew cry.", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 4)
Sounds Assail Mei"Something obscene", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 5)
Tree Gravei"When our lost one left us", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 6)
Dawn Wail for the Deadi"Dim light of daybreak now", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 7)
Dark Unmarried Mothersi"All about the country,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 8)
Not My Stylei"Not my style?", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1970 single work poetry (p. 10-11)
Last of His Tribei"Change is the law. The new must oust the old.", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 12)
The Child Wifei"They gave me to an old man,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 13)
The Young Girl Wandai"Crooning her own girl thoughts and dreams", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry Deklica Wanda (p. 14)
Whynot Streeti"Officiously they hawked about", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 16)
White Australiai"Since God's good world began,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 17)
Acacia Ridgei"White men, turn quickly the earth of Acacia Ridge,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 18)
The Unhappy Race : The Myall Speaksi"White fellow, you are the unhappy race.", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 19)
Corroboreei"Hot day dies, cook time comes.", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 20)
Stone Agei"White man, only time is between us.", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 21)
Assimilation - No!i"Pour your pitcher of wine into the wide river", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 22)
Integration - Yes!i"Gratefully we learn from you,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 23)
Ballad of the Totemsi"My father was Noonuccal man and kept old tribal way,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry humour (p. 24-25)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milton, Milton - Toowong area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: Jacaranda Press , 1970 .
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      Extent: 96p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1972 , 1976 , 1978
      Note/s:
      • Dedication: Dedicated to the Brisbane Aboriginal and Island Council, whose policy is self-determination
      ISBN: 701603569
    • Brisbane, Queensland,: Jacaranda Press , 1981 .
      Extent: 96p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1985 , 1988 , 1986 , 1989
      Note/s:
      • This revised second edition contains all of the items of the first edition except for the essay (paper) 'Integration and Queensland Society'. It includes a biography (p. 96) and a new contribution listed below:
      • Dedication: Dedicated to the many people, both black and white, who are fighting for a Makarrata (Aboriginal land treaty)
      • Previously ed. : Milton, Qld: Jacaranda 1970.
      ISBN: 0701614498
    • Milton, Milton - Toowong area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: John Wiley and Sons , 2007 .
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      Extent: viii, 112p.
      Edition info: 4th ed.
      Note/s:
      • Previous edition (3rd) published by Jacaranda Press, 1990, and this was the first edition to bear the name Oodgeroo. The first two editions were published under the name Kath Walker.
      • Dedication: Dedicated to my son Kabul of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah (Vivian Charles Walker)
      ISBN: 9780731407408 (pbk.), 0731407407 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

The Absent-Presence of the Ghosts in Aboriginal Poetry Devaleena Das , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: IJAS , no. 5 2012; (p. 70-83)
History, Nation, Identity : Interracial Issues in Kath Walker's Poetry Kanwar Dinesh Singh , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: IJAS , no. 5 2012; (p. 59-69)
'Back to Nature' : Oodgeroo's Return to Stradbroke William Hatherell , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Fryer Folios , July vol. 7 no. 1 2012; (p. 3-5)
Beyond Beaches, Bushes and Backwoods : Issues of National Identity and Representation in Modern Australian Poetry Kanwar Dinesh Singh , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Explorations In Australian Poetry 2010; (p. 41-57)
In this essay, Singh discusses 'how Australian poets show a detour from the elaborate descriptions of the Australian landscape to its representation as a new nation with plurality of peoples and cultures - a multicultural nation..' (vi.)
Oodgeroo's 'Polluting Memories' : Technologies of the Intersubjective Contact Zone Katherine Russo , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Literatures Review , April no. 43 2005; (p. 99-113)
Russo utilises Ghassan Hage's phrase 'polluting memory' in her reading of the poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal to draw attention to the intersubjective and reciprocal act of wrting/reading, and to suggest that Oodgeroo's writing contributes to 'a new logic of co-habitation' (109) between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Review ... Poetry Ann-Marie Bennett , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: In Print : The Magazine of the Townsville Writers' Group , Summer vol. 1 no. 2 1973; (p. 32)

— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
Untitled 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 February 1971; (p. 9)

— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
Crying Mercy for 50,000 R. Hall , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 24 April 1971; (p. 20)

— Review of The First-Born and Other Poems Jack Davis 1970 selected work poetry ; My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
Old Verse S. E. Lee , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 31 no. 3 1971; (p. 227-240)

— Review of The Book of Bligh J. M. Couper 1969 selected work poetry ; Rodney Hall Reads 'Romulus and Remus' Rodney Hall 1970 selected work poetry ; Rosemary Dobson Reads from Her Own Work Rosemary Dobson 1970 selected work poetry ; Altjeringa and Other Aboriginal Poems Roland Robinson 1970 selected work poetry ; Findings and Keepings : Selected Poems, 1939-1969 Geoffrey Dutton 1970 selected work poetry ; My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay ; The Branch of Dodona and Other Poems: 1969-1970 David Campbell 1970 selected work poetry ; Dunciad Minor A. D. Hope 1970 sequence poetry ; James McAuley Reads from His Own Work James McAuley 1970 selected work poetry ; The First-Born and Other Poems Jack Davis 1970 selected work poetry ; Op 8 : poems 1961-69 J. S. Manifold 1971 selected work poetry
Poetry of Anger Roland Robinson , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: Makar , May vol. 7 no. 1 1971; (p. 7-9)

— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
'Why, White Man, Why?' : White Australia as the Addressee of Apostrophe in Contemporary Aboriginal Writing Russell West-Pavlov , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik , vol. 50 no. 2 2002; (p. 166-178) Imaginary Antipodes : Essays on Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture 2011; (p. 23-36)
'Contemporary Australian indigenous literature is characterised by a remarkably prevalent use of apostrophic address directed at the white reader. This mode of direct address in black literary texts draws attention to the political dynamics moulding reader-writer relations in contemporary Australia. The article examines numerous examples of this direct mode of address in prose, poetry and drama, and argues that this direct mode of address is a central element in the message of black writers. The use of apostrophe implies the active 'positioning' of the white reader on the part of the indigenous speaker; only by virtue of this positioning is the reading process made possible. The direct mode of address in these texts thus demands that the reader take up a stance characterised by a readiness to listen attentively to black literary voices.' (Author's abstract)
Oodgeroo's 'Polluting Memories' : Technologies of the Intersubjective Contact Zone Katherine Russo , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Literatures Review , April no. 43 2005; (p. 99-113)
Russo utilises Ghassan Hage's phrase 'polluting memory' in her reading of the poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal to draw attention to the intersubjective and reciprocal act of wrting/reading, and to suggest that Oodgeroo's writing contributes to 'a new logic of co-habitation' (109) between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Thoughts on Aboriginal Literature Jim Kable , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Aboriginal Child at School , February/March vol. 13 no. 1 1985; (p. 31-52)
Beyond Beaches, Bushes and Backwoods : Issues of National Identity and Representation in Modern Australian Poetry Kanwar Dinesh Singh , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Explorations In Australian Poetry 2010; (p. 41-57)
In this essay, Singh discusses 'how Australian poets show a detour from the elaborate descriptions of the Australian landscape to its representation as a new nation with plurality of peoples and cultures - a multicultural nation..' (vi.)
'Back to Nature' : Oodgeroo's Return to Stradbroke William Hatherell , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Fryer Folios , July vol. 7 no. 1 2012; (p. 3-5)
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