Biral Biral single work   poetry   "Biral came down one day"
  • Author: Lionel Fogarty http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/fogarty-lionel
Issue Details: First known date: 1983 1983
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  • Appears in:
    y Kudjela Lionel Fogarty , Spring Hill : Planet Press , 1983 Z990655 1983 selected work poetry

    'Lionel has journeyed through the past to recreate an unwritten history of his ancestral background in the Charters Towers and Beaudesert areas; the experience of growing up in Cherbourg; and an expression of the frustrations of "urban survival" and day-to-day living.'

    Because the stories are based on people, places and events that are part of the community, they link the past to the present and are given to you, in respect of humanity and nature...'(Source: Front cover verso, Kudjela 1983)

    Spring Hill : Planet Press , 1983
    pg. 21-22
    Note: Author note: 17.11.82
  • Appears in:
    y Landbridge : Contemporary Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1999 Z310159 1999 anthology poetry North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1999 pg. 126-127

Works about this Work

Naming the Voids of Multiculturalism in "Biral Biral" : A New Reading of the Poetry of Lionel Fogarty Ali Alizadeh , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 129-133)
'As one of Australia's most innovative, outspoken, and prolific Indigenous poets, Lionel Fogarty has been the subject of a great number of studies and analysis over the years, particularly since the publication of his New and Selected Poems: Munaldjali, Mutuerjaraera in 1995. Here, Alizadeh uses other radically different reading strategy to consider one of Fogarty's best-known poems, "Biral Biral." By drawing on the work of the contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, Alizadeh argues that far from presenting the reader with an affirmative and positivist portrayal of an existing Aboriginal identity, Fogarty's poem in fact challenges and reinvents identitarian assumptions apropos of Aboriginality in contemporary, multicultural Australia. In addition, Badiou, as a (post-) Marxist thinker, is an apt choice for providing a progressive perspective that does not repeat the existing postcolonial and postmodernist assumptions apropos of aesthetics, multiculturality, and identity.' (Publication abstract)
Naming the Voids of Multiculturalism in "Biral Biral" : A New Reading of the Poetry of Lionel Fogarty Ali Alizadeh , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 129-133)
'As one of Australia's most innovative, outspoken, and prolific Indigenous poets, Lionel Fogarty has been the subject of a great number of studies and analysis over the years, particularly since the publication of his New and Selected Poems: Munaldjali, Mutuerjaraera in 1995. Here, Alizadeh uses other radically different reading strategy to consider one of Fogarty's best-known poems, "Biral Biral." By drawing on the work of the contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, Alizadeh argues that far from presenting the reader with an affirmative and positivist portrayal of an existing Aboriginal identity, Fogarty's poem in fact challenges and reinvents identitarian assumptions apropos of Aboriginality in contemporary, multicultural Australia. In addition, Badiou, as a (post-) Marxist thinker, is an apt choice for providing a progressive perspective that does not repeat the existing postcolonial and postmodernist assumptions apropos of aesthetics, multiculturality, and identity.' (Publication abstract)
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