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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Reading Kevin Gilbert : Nuclear Weaponry, Media Ecologies and a Community of Memory
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'Situating the poems ‘Won’t You Daddy?’ and ‘Seeds of Thought’ against Gilbert’s contribution to Imagining the Real, this essay will critique nuclear threats to Country as intertwined with racial power-structures, and as dependent upon the same genocidal logic as Australian colonisation. The nuclear imaginary, as identified by Gilbert, corresponds to a death event which is informed by and itself substantiates relations of subjugation for Indigenous people. It is the contention of this paper that the thematic focus on nuclear weaponry and the nuclear imaginary as present in Kevin Gilbert’s poetry—as well as his contemporary, Kath Walker—has contributed to a poetry-based, media ecology through which nuclear threats to Country are an inherited focus of Australian Indigenous poetry.' (Publication abstract)    

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    y separately published work icon JASAL Late Night Nerves : Poets of the 1980s and 90s vol. 2 no. 18 Michael Farrell (editor), 2018 15402884 2018 periodical issue

    'The title allusion is to ‘Death, an Ode,’ by John Forbes, who died in 1998. The ‘nerves’ referred to in the poem are directed towards the advent of ‘our beautiful century,’ meaning the twentieth. Most of the poet subjects in this feature did not get to see how beautiful the twentyfirst is. The articles that follow are responses to a request for essays on the poets and poetry of the 1980s and 90s: there was no suggestion they all be about the dead. But that is what happened.' (Michael Farrell : Introduction)

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