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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Many Girls White Linen
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Judges Report : In Alison Whittaker’s ‘MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN’, which placed equal first, the plight of First Nations peoples is front and centre. Through its torsional rhymes and rhythms, the poem eviscerates the iconic whiteness of Picnic at Hanging Rock and stuns with its own iconic imagery: ‘amongst gums collecting grit / where blak girls hang / nails’. The poem is, to quote Whittaker, ‘raw rousing horrifying’.

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    y separately published work icon Overland no. 226 Autumn 2017 11133932 2017 periodical issue

    'When does a life bend toward freedom? grasp its direction?

    How do you know you're not circling in pale dreams, nostalgia, stagnation’

    'So asked Adrienne Rich, documenter of exiles, revolutionaries and the twentieth century. Too often, our response to uncertainty and impending apocalypse is that we must save this world - a world of yearning for counterfeit yesterdays and rehabilitated tomorrows. Or worse, for things to continue as they are, as we have come to believe they have always been; a world we are told is ‘already great’, ad nauseam.' (Jacinda Woodhead, Editorial Introduction)

    pg. 29-30
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