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'When I’m asked why I write poetry, what drives my writing, my answer usually settles on notions of responsibility that are not straightforward or easy to define. It can be a cathartic-compelling, a way of processing and responding to unexpected triggers, or reading and experiencing the work of others.' (Introduction)


  • Epigraph: The slippery path of re-enactment is fragile in terms of ethical responsibility towards previous generations unable to present their own case.

    • Julie Gough, ‘The Ranger’, 2007

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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. 51-52
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