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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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'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 Brisbane, Queensland,: Jacaranda Press , 1981 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A Look at the Seventies : An excerpt from a speech given in 1979 at the Australian National University, "Black Australia in the Seventies", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1970-1981 single work essay (p. 42-48)
* Contents derived from the Milton, Milton - Toowong area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: John Wiley and Sons , 2007 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. 8-9)
Not My Stylei"Not my style?", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1970 single work poetry (p. 10)
Last of His Tribei"Change is the law. The new must oust the old.", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 11)
The Child Wifei"They gave me to an old man,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 12)
The Young Girl Wandai"Crooning her own girl thoughts and dreams", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry Deklica Wanda (p. 13-14)
Whynot Streeti"Officiously they hawked about", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 15)
White Australiai"Since God's good world began,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 16)
Acacia Ridgei"White men, turn quickly the earth of Acacia Ridge,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 17)
The Unhappy Race : The Myall Speaksi"White fellow, you are the unhappy race.", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 18)
Corroboreei"Hot day dies, cook time comes.", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 19)
Stone Agei"White man, only time is between us.", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 20)
Assimilation - No!i"Pour your pitcher of wine into the wide river", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 21)
Integration - Yes!i"Gratefully we learn from you,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1966 single work poetry (p. 22)
The Teachersi"Holy men, you came to preach:", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry (p. 23)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milton, Milton - Toowong area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: Jacaranda Press , 1970 .
      599060518474839545.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      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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      This image has been sourced from online.
      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

'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)
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)
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.
'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)
Untitled 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 4 July 1998; (p. 8)

— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
Long Memoried Women: Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Jamaican Poet, Louise Bennett Angela Smith , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 16 no. 4 1994; (p. 77-91)
From Kath Walker to Oodgeroo Noonuccal? : Ambiguity and Assurance in My People Eva Rask Knudsen , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 16 no. 4 1994; (p. 105-118)
Anthropologist Looks to Future Jacqueline Nunan , 1990 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 March 1990; (p. 31)
This column discusses the work of anthropologist Judith Bartlett at the Queensland Museum. The column mentions an exhibition to be held at the Museum in late 1990. The exhibition planned to include a short play based on Oodgeroo's collection My People. Oodgeroo acted as a consultant for the play and Sue Rider was engaged as the director.
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)
The New Dreamtime : Kath Walker in Australian Literature Ruth Doobov , 1973 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 6 no. 1 1973; (p. 46-55)
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
Untitled Katharine England , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 May 1971; (p. 26)

— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
Untitled Geoff Page , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 February 1971; (p. 13)

— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
y Review N. Wilkinson , 1971 Z813259 1971 single work review
— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
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
Untitled Katharine England , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 May 1971; (p. 26)

— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
Untitled Geoff Page , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 February 1971; (p. 13)

— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
Untitled 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 4 July 1998; (p. 8)

— Review of My People : A Kath Walker Collection Kath Walker 1970 selected work poetry essay
y Review N. Wilkinson , 1971 Z813259 1971 single work review
— 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)
Long Memoried Women: Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Jamaican Poet, Louise Bennett Angela Smith , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 16 no. 4 1994; (p. 77-91)
From Kath Walker to Oodgeroo Noonuccal? : Ambiguity and Assurance in My People Eva Rask Knudsen , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 16 no. 4 1994; (p. 105-118)
The New Dreamtime : Kath Walker in Australian Literature Ruth Doobov , 1973 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 6 no. 1 1973; (p. 46-55)
Anthropologist Looks to Future Jacqueline Nunan , 1990 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 March 1990; (p. 31)
This column discusses the work of anthropologist Judith Bartlett at the Queensland Museum. The column mentions an exhibition to be held at the Museum in late 1990. The exhibition planned to include a short play based on Oodgeroo's collection My People. Oodgeroo acted as a consultant for the play and Sue Rider was engaged as the director.
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)
The Absent-Presence of the Ghosts in Aboriginal Poetry Devaleena Das , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: IJAS , no. 5 2012; (p. 70-83)
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