y We Are Going : Poems selected work   poetry  
  • Author: Kath Walker http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/noonuccal-oodgeroo
Issue Details: First known date: 1962 1962
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

This is the first collection of poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (aka Kath Walker).

Notes

  • Dedication: Dedicated with pride to all the members of the Federal Council of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Advancement, whose motto is : 'All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights...and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.' (Article 1. Declaration of Human Rights)
  • Manuscript note NLA catalogue:

    “Of the 31 poems here printed, 30 were first published in Walker’s first book “We Are Going: Poems” (Brisbane: Jacaranda, 1964). Two poems have slightly different titles (6 & 23) and all are arranged in a different order. We have not been able to find a published record of the extra poem “Peace” (No. 2). The theme of this poem is women against nuclear war, “Women unite; / Unite or pay the price / Of children scorched and scarred / With sterling sightless eyes. / Imbeciles, / Through nuclear war;” whereas the other poems relate to Aboriginal affairs. This leads us to suppose this is a prepublication copy of her manuscript poems submitted to Brisbane publisher Jacaranda Press. After a recommendation from Jacaranda’s poetry reader, Judith Wright, the collection was published in 1964 as “We Are Going: Poems.” The work was an immediate commercial success, selling more than ten thousand copies and making Walker the best-selling Australian poet since C. J. Dennis."–Catalogue from Read's Rare Book Shop, list 251, July 2014

  • Other formats: Also e-book. (1st American ed.)

Contents

* Contents derived from the Brisbane, Queensland,: 1962-1964 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Peacei"Women unite;", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , 1962 single work poetry

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      Brisbane, Queensland,: ca. 1962-1964 .
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • A copy of this manuscript is available at the National Library of Australia Special Collections Reading Room.
    • Brisbane, Queensland,: Jacaranda Press , 1964 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 43p.
      Reprinted: 1965
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by James Devaney.
      • Reprinted May, June, July (twice), October 1964
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Citadel Press , 1965 .
      Extent: 43p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.

Works about this Work

y Oodgeroo Noonuccal con We Are Going Francesca Di Blasio , Margherita Zanoletti , Trento : Università degli studi di Trento, Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia , 2013 8187749 2013 selected work criticism poetry

Il presente volume rappresenta il primo contributo critico italiano interamente incentrato sulla figura della grande poetessa australiana Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Libro ibrido e strutturalmente composito, esso ospita la prima versione italiana integrale della raccolta poetica d’esordio di Oodgeroo (all’epoca Kath Walker), We Are Going (1964).

The volume aims to introduce to the Italian audience the seminal work of the Indigenous poet Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, and contains the first Italian translation of her first collection of poetry, We Are Going (1964). [from 'Encountering Australia: Transcultural Conversations' conference program, European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA), 24-26 September 2014, Monash Prato Centre, Prato Italy]

'We Are Going' : uno sguardo preliminare Margherita Zanoletti , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oodgeroo Noonuccal con We Are Going 2013; (p. 70-86)
Le poesie : analisi dei testi Margherita Zanoletti , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oodgeroo Noonuccal con We Are Going 2013; (p. 87-180)
Networks and Shadows : The Public Sisterhood of Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Judith Wright Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 60-77)
Oodgeroo Noonuccal : Media Snapshots of a Controversial Life Karen Fox , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Indigenous Biography and Autobiography 2008; (p. 57-68)
'I narrate several controversial incidents or issues Oodgeroo was involved in which featured in the pages of Australia's large-circulation daily newspapers. I contrast these narratives of controversies in Oodgeroo's life, and selected representations of her in the media, with her own views and understandings of events and of herself. I demonstrate the way in which she both used the media to convey her message of Aboriginal rights and challenged media portrayals of herself and her work, publicly articulating her own understandings of her life' (p. 57).
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.
Still Dreaming : Old Voices, New Songs : Contemporary Aboriginal Poetry Jennifer A. Martiniello , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Many Voices : Poetry for World Peace in the New Millennium 2001; (p. 14-17)
y Who are We? The Australian Quest for Literary Identity Richard Scott Carr , Ann Arbor : University Microfilms International , 1994 Z67137 1994 single work thesis

'This full-fledged literary and critical history of Australian fiction specifies the governing themes of the fiction and its various schools; it analyzes the evolution of a canon of Australian fiction in literary history; and it demonstrates the way Australian writers and scholars have been forced to adjust their beliefs about authentic Australian literature since the emergence of Aboriginal imaginative writing in the 1960s. This study presents and analyzes the longstanding battle of Australian literature for academic and popular recognition in Australia, a struggle mirroring the larger national quest for a confident identity. The "Emigrant Mechanic," narrator of Alexander Harris' Settlers and Convicts, or Recollections of Sixteen Years Labour in the Australian Backwoods (1847), identifies themes that have persisted in Australian culture and literature--the fascination with the landscape, the rise of the New Australian, the mateship social dynamic.

'Those themes persist, for example, in the 'bush fiction' of Henry Lawson, Joseph Furphy, and their successors, fiction focusing on survival, as bush dwellers fight an environment bent on defeating human effort. Harris adds another major theme that resonates in Australia's canonical fiction when, despite his avowed aim to celebrate the Australian experience, he returns homesick to England. Much of Australian fiction is a story of leaving; the hero--the exceptional person--must escape Australia to find fulfillment.

'Those who stay, like Meg in Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians, are best served by learning to become proper Imperial citizens. The emergence of Aboriginal fiction, poetry, and drama in the 1960s introduces a new story and theme into Australian literature, the search for the Aboriginal soul lost or disrupted with the arrival of the Europeans, when the narrator in Mudrooroo's (Colin Johnson's) landmark Wild Cat Falling (1965) breaks from the cycle of prison-release-recapture. Recognizing his heritage and recovering his Aboriginal self, he provides--in the Aboriginal journey to reclaim the soul--a potent literary counter to the cultural sense of displacement and inferiority evident throughout Australian canonical fiction. In recognizing and embracing the Aboriginal spirit of the continent, Australian writers and readers can hope to resolve their identity quest.' (National Library of Australia catalogue record)

Poetry and Politics in Oodgeroo: Transcending the Difference Bob Hodge , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 16 no. 4 1994; (p. 63-76)
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)
Oodgeroo: Orator, Poet, Storyteller Anne Brewster , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 16 no. 4 1994; (p. 92-104)
Maori and Aboriginal Literature in Australian and New Zealand Poetry Anthologies : Some Problems and Perspectives Lawrence Bourke , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Literatures Review , Summer South no. 25 1993; (p. 23-28)
The Last Poem of Oodgeroo David Robert Walker , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 17 September 1993; (p. 5)
The `Fringe Dweller' Who Won World Literary Acclaim 1993 single work obituary (for Oodgeroo Noonuccal )
— Appears in: The Age , 17 September 1993; (p. 11)
For Oodgeroo, the Dawn is at Hand 1993 single work obituary (for Oodgeroo Noonuccal )
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 September 1993; (p. 19)
Death of a Fighter 1993 single work obituary (for Oodgeroo Noonuccal )
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17 September 1993; (p. 1,2)
Oodgeroo Bids Farewell Don Petersen , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 September 1993; (p. 15)
Working Class Literature Without Class? Ian Syson , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , October vol. 12 no. 3 1993; (p. 25-29)
y Culture, Race and Identity : Australian Aboriginal Writing Chris Weedon , London : Menzies Centre for Australian Studies , 1990 Z1792725 1990 single work criticism 'This paper looks at the relationship between culture, race and identity in English-language Aboriginal writing from Western Australia.' (p. 1)
The Aboriginal Voice in Australian Poetry Michael Harris , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , Spring vol. 4 no. 1 1990; (p. 4-8)
We Are Going 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May vol. 3 no. 7 1964; Creme de la Phlegm : Unforgettable Australian Reviews 2006; (p. 119)

— Review of We Are Going : Poems Kath Walker 1962 selected work poetry
Untitled Dorothy Jones , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry Magazine , no. 3 1964; (p. 31)

— Review of We Are Going : Poems Kath Walker 1962 selected work poetry
Untitled Jill Hellyer , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Hemisphere , vol. 7 no. 12 1964; (p. 17-18)

— Review of We Are Going : Poems Kath Walker 1962 selected work poetry
Forty Years On Alan Brissenden , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 24 no. 4 1964; (p. 248-249)

— Review of I Hate and I Love : Poems John Thompson 1964 selected work poetry ; We Are Going : Poems Kath Walker 1962 selected work poetry
Untitled 1964 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 10 September 1964; (p. 842)

— Review of We Are Going : Poems Kath Walker 1962 selected work poetry
Untitled Ian Turner , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 September 1964;

— Review of We Are Going : Poems Kath Walker 1962 selected work poetry
Search for Freedom Ronald McCuaig , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 22 August vol. 86 no. 4409 1964; (p. 52)

— Review of We Are Going : Poems Kath Walker 1962 selected work poetry
Untitled D. Douglas , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Age Literary Review , 8 August 1964; (p. 22)

— Review of We Are Going : Poems Kath Walker 1962 selected work poetry
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.
Still Dreaming : Old Voices, New Songs : Contemporary Aboriginal Poetry Jennifer A. Martiniello , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Many Voices : Poetry for World Peace in the New Millennium 2001; (p. 14-17)
Oodgeroo Noonuccal : Media Snapshots of a Controversial Life Karen Fox , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Indigenous Biography and Autobiography 2008; (p. 57-68)
'I narrate several controversial incidents or issues Oodgeroo was involved in which featured in the pages of Australia's large-circulation daily newspapers. I contrast these narratives of controversies in Oodgeroo's life, and selected representations of her in the media, with her own views and understandings of events and of herself. I demonstrate the way in which she both used the media to convey her message of Aboriginal rights and challenged media portrayals of herself and her work, publicly articulating her own understandings of her life' (p. 57).
Networks and Shadows : The Public Sisterhood of Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Judith Wright Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 60-77)
y Culture, Race and Identity : Australian Aboriginal Writing Chris Weedon , London : Menzies Centre for Australian Studies , 1990 Z1792725 1990 single work criticism 'This paper looks at the relationship between culture, race and identity in English-language Aboriginal writing from Western Australia.' (p. 1)
y Who are We? The Australian Quest for Literary Identity Richard Scott Carr , Ann Arbor : University Microfilms International , 1994 Z67137 1994 single work thesis

'This full-fledged literary and critical history of Australian fiction specifies the governing themes of the fiction and its various schools; it analyzes the evolution of a canon of Australian fiction in literary history; and it demonstrates the way Australian writers and scholars have been forced to adjust their beliefs about authentic Australian literature since the emergence of Aboriginal imaginative writing in the 1960s. This study presents and analyzes the longstanding battle of Australian literature for academic and popular recognition in Australia, a struggle mirroring the larger national quest for a confident identity. The "Emigrant Mechanic," narrator of Alexander Harris' Settlers and Convicts, or Recollections of Sixteen Years Labour in the Australian Backwoods (1847), identifies themes that have persisted in Australian culture and literature--the fascination with the landscape, the rise of the New Australian, the mateship social dynamic.

'Those themes persist, for example, in the 'bush fiction' of Henry Lawson, Joseph Furphy, and their successors, fiction focusing on survival, as bush dwellers fight an environment bent on defeating human effort. Harris adds another major theme that resonates in Australia's canonical fiction when, despite his avowed aim to celebrate the Australian experience, he returns homesick to England. Much of Australian fiction is a story of leaving; the hero--the exceptional person--must escape Australia to find fulfillment.

'Those who stay, like Meg in Ethel Turner's Seven Little Australians, are best served by learning to become proper Imperial citizens. The emergence of Aboriginal fiction, poetry, and drama in the 1960s introduces a new story and theme into Australian literature, the search for the Aboriginal soul lost or disrupted with the arrival of the Europeans, when the narrator in Mudrooroo's (Colin Johnson's) landmark Wild Cat Falling (1965) breaks from the cycle of prison-release-recapture. Recognizing his heritage and recovering his Aboriginal self, he provides--in the Aboriginal journey to reclaim the soul--a potent literary counter to the cultural sense of displacement and inferiority evident throughout Australian canonical fiction. In recognizing and embracing the Aboriginal spirit of the continent, Australian writers and readers can hope to resolve their identity quest.' (National Library of Australia catalogue record)

Poetry and Politics in Oodgeroo: Transcending the Difference Bob Hodge , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 16 no. 4 1994; (p. 63-76)
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)
Oodgeroo: Orator, Poet, Storyteller Anne Brewster , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 16 no. 4 1994; (p. 92-104)
Maori and Aboriginal Literature in Australian and New Zealand Poetry Anthologies : Some Problems and Perspectives Lawrence Bourke , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Literatures Review , Summer South no. 25 1993; (p. 23-28)
The Aboriginal Poets in English : Kath Walker, Jack Davis, and Kevin Gilbert John Beston , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Aboriginal Issue [Summer] vol. 36 no. 4 1977; (p. 446-461)
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)
Australian Letter Bruce Beaver , 1965 single work
— Appears in: Landfall , vol. 19 no. 1965; (p. 368-372)
The Last Poem of Oodgeroo David Robert Walker , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 17 September 1993; (p. 5)
The `Fringe Dweller' Who Won World Literary Acclaim 1993 single work obituary (for Oodgeroo Noonuccal )
— Appears in: The Age , 17 September 1993; (p. 11)
For Oodgeroo, the Dawn is at Hand 1993 single work obituary (for Oodgeroo Noonuccal )
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 September 1993; (p. 19)
Death of a Fighter 1993 single work obituary (for Oodgeroo Noonuccal )
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17 September 1993; (p. 1,2)
Oodgeroo Bids Farewell Don Petersen , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 September 1993; (p. 15)
The Aboriginal Voice in Australian Poetry Michael Harris , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , Spring vol. 4 no. 1 1990; (p. 4-8)
Working Class Literature Without Class? Ian Syson , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , October vol. 12 no. 3 1993; (p. 25-29)
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