Facing the Pacific at Night single work   poetry   "Driving east, in the darkness between two stars"
Issue Details: First known date: 1986 1986
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    y Shadow in a Wall : An Anthology of Poetry and Prose Michael Anderson (editor), Tanya Brass (editor), Jennifer Dickson (editor), Anne Edgeworth (editor), Peter Lugg (editor), Bobby Saxby (editor), Canberra : ANU Poetry Workshop in association with the ANU English Department , 1986 Z96139 1986 anthology poetry short story humour Canberra : ANU Poetry Workshop in association with the ANU English Department , 1986 pg. 37
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    y The Phoenix Review no. 1 Summer 1986/7 1986 Z600655 1986 periodical issue 1986 pg. 60
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    y Peniel Kevin Hart , Hawthorn : Golvan Arts , 1991 Z130010 1991 selected work poetry Hawthorn : Golvan Arts , 1991 pg. 18-19
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    y New and Selected Poems Kevin Hart , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1995 Z539565 1995 selected work poetry Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1995 pg. 116-117
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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.

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    '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. 1256

Works about this Work

Reflections on Phenomenology and the Poetry of Kevin Hart : Foreignness and Strangeness at the Heart of Australian Identity Carles Serra Pages , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 1 2007; (p. 24-35)
'In a deconstructive fashion, this paper analyses the Heideggerian concept of Bodenständigkeit ("rootedness") from the point of view of the Boden ("earth", "ground") in general, that is, before its diffraction as Bodenständigkeit and Bodenlösigkeit ("uprootedness"). Whereas Heidegger makes of the concepts of "description" and "expression" two species of the genre Bodenständigkeit, we will proceed otherwise, and derive them from the general concept of Bodenlösigkeit ("uprootedness"). In this way, following the threads of the poetry of Kevin Hart, we will suggest that it is possible to affirm that all poetry is about finitude, contingency and destiny, both from the point of view of its form and of its content. In the course of our analysis, we will wonder about the role of identity and alterity in the construction of Australian identity. Source: Carles Serra Page.
Reflections on Phenomenology and the Poetry of Kevin Hart : Foreignness and Strangeness at the Heart of Australian Identity Carles Serra Pages , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 1 2007; (p. 24-35)
'In a deconstructive fashion, this paper analyses the Heideggerian concept of Bodenständigkeit ("rootedness") from the point of view of the Boden ("earth", "ground") in general, that is, before its diffraction as Bodenständigkeit and Bodenlösigkeit ("uprootedness"). Whereas Heidegger makes of the concepts of "description" and "expression" two species of the genre Bodenständigkeit, we will proceed otherwise, and derive them from the general concept of Bodenlösigkeit ("uprootedness"). In this way, following the threads of the poetry of Kevin Hart, we will suggest that it is possible to affirm that all poetry is about finitude, contingency and destiny, both from the point of view of its form and of its content. In the course of our analysis, we will wonder about the role of identity and alterity in the construction of Australian identity. Source: Carles Serra Page.
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