'Anne: Recently you did a performance at the Sydney Biennale, and one of the things that you read there was a poem about feeling and Indigenous cosmology which you followed with a reading from Bill Neidji's work. I was thinking about an earlier conversation we had about your poem "Mud crab" (post me to the prime minister, 5)4 when you said that as an Indigenous person you enter into a social contract by being in a place... can you say something more about that?
'Romaine: Indigenous cosmology is something that Australians don't hear a lot about, and Indigenous people themselves don't hear a lot about. As far as my work is concerned, understanding Indigenous cosmology is absolutely imperative to understanding the true conflict between Western and Indigenous cosmologies or philosophies. Aboriginal phenomenology is my point of focus in my work. An analysis of the subjective experience of Aboriginality as a constructed identity is very intellectual...' (Introduction)