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Author's note: *I write this on the unceded sovereign lands of the Wallamattagal*
Epigraph: the difference between poetry and rhetoric is being ready to kill yourself instead of your children. — ‘Power’, Audre Lorde
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yAustralian Poetry JournalModern Elegyvol.10no.1Ellen van Neerven/specialistDatasets/BlackWords
2020207945832020periodical issue poetry 'In September 2019, Jacinta Le Plastrier invited me, Eunice, David and Felicity to be co-editors of this Australian Poetry Journal ‘modern elegy’ issue. At that time, I was not to know what 2020 would bring, or what it would be like to ask poets to write an elegy in 2020. The bushfires last summer should have been prevented, and Country should have been spared. But instead of giving First Nations people autonomy of their land and ability to perform their culture, science and caring for Country, the government is obsessed with continuing an extractive colonisation that will continue to kill us and other living beings we are in kinship with.' (Ellen van Neerven, Foreword 1, Introduction)2020