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'My play, Dreams in an Empty City, a story set in the murderously ruthless world of Australian property finance, was first produced in 1986, just a few months before the international crash of 1987, which was, at that point, the greatest market crash since 1929. And, according to the standard economic theory still taught in schools, impossible.' (15)
'I have an intense dissatisfaction with the word 'place' and its definitions, as it applies to presence, location and spatiality when it is used outside poetic texts, and even, on occasion, if used uncritically within a poem : a poem displaces language from its standard and 'user-friendly' contexts, and applies pressure to all words and their frameworks. The act of the poem leads us to question, whatever the intention of the poet. But is this in itself adequate? To question is not necessarily to act; to wonder is not necessarily to respond in a pragmatic, activist way.' (133)
Present Siri"Flung into the present denied a past the sun sinks",Mudrooroo,
single work poetry