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'This single-authored contribution to the special issue on ‘Indian-Australian Exchanges’ reflects the power of poetry to connect us and provide us with strength through challenging times. The article arises from a correspondence that arose then was cut short due to intervening circumstances. That correspondence occurred between myself, Ranu Uniyal, and Australian poet Quinn Eades, who was initially selected for the project but had to withdraw when conflicting responsibilities arose. There was nonetheless an initial exchange of poems between us. We read and appreciated each other’s writings, but due to upheavals including but exceeding challenges associated with the Victorian Bushfires and then the COVID-19 pandemic, our conversation was less extensive than initially planned. Nonetheless, the work presented in this article reflects how poetry can still happen when everything else fails. In times of crisis, poetry becomes an ally and a possible confidante. 2020 has been, for many people around the world, a year of excruciating pain, of loss of life and dignity. Living is uncertain and the future dark; the present has little to offer, swamped by distrust, difference and disillusionment. Humankind has been humbled by the virus. Where does poetry lead us in these moments of anxiety and fear? This article traces one pathway.' (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon TEXT Special Issue Website Series Indian-Australian Exchanges through Collaborative Poetic Inquiry no. 60 October 2020 20757143 2020 periodical issue

    'Poetry, it seems to me, raises the questions of margins and marginality in obvious ways … and yet poetry is central in terms of its contribution to language and thought. (Hecq 2005)

    'Liminality indicates a border, a line, and thus some style of crisis – some turn, or act of turning, of crossing from one place or state to another (Meads 2019: 5). It is the discovery of a limit, and simultaneously, realisation that the limit is not the end. There is always some further into and through which to step. What seems a wall is a skin is an interstice is warping, stretching, porous. Like the ‘/’ in the ‘im/possible’ and ‘both/and’, such lines are zones, spaces, gaps for opening and unfolding, sites for play and experimentation, for testing, dreaming, discovering. The liminal is thus imbued with potential: hitherto-unthought thoughts become articulable, letting new knowledges and ways of knowing come to be (Meads 2019: 5-6).' (Jaydeep Sarangi and Amelia Walker, (Introduction)

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