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yBarefoot SpeechJohn Mateer,
Fremantle:Fremantle Press,2000Z4811172000selected work poetry Mateer's third collection of poems moves through issues as diverse as sexuality, supermarkets and Aboriginal presence to a powerful revisiting of his place of birth, South Africa. Written in 1995, following the first free election, the South African poems are meditations on memory and political change. The collection concludes with consideration of the relationship between the human and the Australian natural world.Fremantle:Fremantle Press,2000
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