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Issue Details: First known date: 2021... 2021 Dropbear
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'I told you this was a thirst so great it could carve rivers.

'This fierce debut from award-winning writer Evelyn Araluen confronts the tropes and iconography of an unreconciled nation with biting satire and lyrical fury. Dropbear interrogates the complexities of colonial and personal history with an alternately playful, tender and mournful intertextual voice, deftly navigating the responsibilities that gather from sovereign country, the spectres of memory and the debris of settler-coloniality. This innovative mix of poetry and essay offers an eloquent witness to the entangled present, an uncompromising provocation of history, and an embattled but redemptive hope for a decolonial future.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication:

    To Mum and Dad, it's an honour to honour you.

    For J, every word. Before or after, and no matter what survives us, be it horizons, highways, poems or stars. Every word, and every place it came from.

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Works about this Work

Poet Finds Neat Ways to Send Political Message Geoff Page , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7 August 2021; (p. 14)

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay
'To a reviewer old enough to remember the publication of Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s collection, We Are Going, the recent emergence of a whole new group of young(ish) female Aboriginal poets is a matter for celebration.' (Introduction)
Staring Back Jeanine Leane , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , June 2021;

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay

'Since the invasion of Australia in 1788, First Nations Peoples have been forced into the literary images of the colonisers. We have been described as noble savages, vermin, half-castes, temptresses, and problems, just to name a few. Our entrapment in the literary canon of the invading settlers is what constructed and maintained the colonial mythscape of the modern nation of Australia.' (Introduction)

Books Roundup Dropbear, Emotional Female, Friends & Dark Shapes, Monsters Ellen Cregan , Ferdous Bahar , Naima Ibrahim , Amy Walters , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , March 2021;

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay ; Friends and Dark Shapes Kavita Bedford , 2021 single work novel ; Emotional Female Yumiko Kadota , 2021 single work autobiography ; Monsters Alison Croggon , 2021 single work autobiography essay
Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen Review – a Stunning Scalpel Wielded through Australian Myths Declan Fry , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 26 March 2021;

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay

'Araluen’s first collection repurposes Biblical themes, Australiana kitsch and settler-colonial tropes to astonishing effect'

Timmah Ball Reviews Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen Timmah Ball , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , no. 26 2020-2021;

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay

'Multiple modes and literary disciplines weave through Evelyn Araleun’s first collection Dropbear, shifting between poetry, prose, micro-fiction and essay seamlessly. The taut threads are a reflection of her interdisciplinary work where writing and social justice intersect. There are no metaphors instead resistance is displayed through her piercingly accurate understanding of the flawed settler nation we inhabit. As she describes in the collections notes ‘our resistance, therefore must also be literary’ an acknowledgment that the social, environmental and political change being sought must also engage with the literary culture we inherited such as May Gibbs problematic Australian classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. A much loved children’s book series where the bush is represented through terra nullius. As a scholar, poet, teacher, activist, editor, essayist and fiction writer Araleun resists and defies imposed colonialism, which is most fiercely embodied through Dropbear. The collection speaks back to defunct systems and shows that Aboriginal Sovereignty is crystalline.' (Introduction)   

Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen Review – a Stunning Scalpel Wielded through Australian Myths Declan Fry , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 26 March 2021;

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay

'Araluen’s first collection repurposes Biblical themes, Australiana kitsch and settler-colonial tropes to astonishing effect'

Books Roundup Dropbear, Emotional Female, Friends & Dark Shapes, Monsters Ellen Cregan , Ferdous Bahar , Naima Ibrahim , Amy Walters , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , March 2021;

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay ; Friends and Dark Shapes Kavita Bedford , 2021 single work novel ; Emotional Female Yumiko Kadota , 2021 single work autobiography ; Monsters Alison Croggon , 2021 single work autobiography essay
Staring Back Jeanine Leane , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , June 2021;

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay

'Since the invasion of Australia in 1788, First Nations Peoples have been forced into the literary images of the colonisers. We have been described as noble savages, vermin, half-castes, temptresses, and problems, just to name a few. Our entrapment in the literary canon of the invading settlers is what constructed and maintained the colonial mythscape of the modern nation of Australia.' (Introduction)

Timmah Ball Reviews Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen Timmah Ball , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , no. 26 2020-2021;

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay

'Multiple modes and literary disciplines weave through Evelyn Araleun’s first collection Dropbear, shifting between poetry, prose, micro-fiction and essay seamlessly. The taut threads are a reflection of her interdisciplinary work where writing and social justice intersect. There are no metaphors instead resistance is displayed through her piercingly accurate understanding of the flawed settler nation we inhabit. As she describes in the collections notes ‘our resistance, therefore must also be literary’ an acknowledgment that the social, environmental and political change being sought must also engage with the literary culture we inherited such as May Gibbs problematic Australian classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. A much loved children’s book series where the bush is represented through terra nullius. As a scholar, poet, teacher, activist, editor, essayist and fiction writer Araleun resists and defies imposed colonialism, which is most fiercely embodied through Dropbear. The collection speaks back to defunct systems and shows that Aboriginal Sovereignty is crystalline.' (Introduction)   

Poet Finds Neat Ways to Send Political Message Geoff Page , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7 August 2021; (p. 14)

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay
'To a reviewer old enough to remember the publication of Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s collection, We Are Going, the recent emergence of a whole new group of young(ish) female Aboriginal poets is a matter for celebration.' (Introduction)
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