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Beached Dreams single work   poetry   "Silently and gladly to the reefs of christmas Island"
Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Beached Dreams
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Notes

  • Epigraph: After Kenneth Slessor's 'Beach Burial'
  • Author's note: Nauru/Papua New Guinea

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Writing to the Wire Dan Disney (editor), Christopher Kelen (editor), Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2016 9625708 2016 anthology poetry

    'Surely we are better than this?

    'The seeking of asylum in Australia has been politicised in recent decades. Our national conversation has vilified people fleeing persecution and desensitised the Australian polity to human suffering. We are further marginalising the most vulnerable groups in the world and at greater expense than accommodating refugees in the community. What impact does this have upon our collective ethics and national identity? And if our public conversation is steering us into murky moral territory, where may a dissenting voice be heard?

    'Writing to the Wire is a collection of poems by Australians and people who would like to be Australians. It is a book about the idea of being Australian. It is about who we are and who we would rather be. Writing to the Wire offers new ways to understand injustice, to speak out and tell stories. Poetry can show us what we’re thinking and feeling in a way our politics has failed to do.' (Publication summary)

    Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2016
    pg. 32

Works about this Work

The Wounded Refugee Abdul Karim Hekmat , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney PEN Magazine , November 2017; (p. 8-9)

'Australia is preoccupied with refugees and asylum seekers who come by boat and who have been continuously dehumanised and demonised. The refugees are damaged figures. They are marooned on islands in out-of-sight and out of mind locations. Many more are suffering in plain sight in the community with increasing mental health problems. In The Invisible, five artists come together to transform their refugee experiences through art. In this state of transformation, refugees are given voice and are able to heal the wound in the narrative gap that silences them.'

The Wounded Refugee Abdul Karim Hekmat , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney PEN Magazine , November 2017; (p. 8-9)

'Australia is preoccupied with refugees and asylum seekers who come by boat and who have been continuously dehumanised and demonised. The refugees are damaged figures. They are marooned on islands in out-of-sight and out of mind locations. Many more are suffering in plain sight in the community with increasing mental health problems. In The Invisible, five artists come together to transform their refugee experiences through art. In this state of transformation, refugees are given voice and are able to heal the wound in the narrative gap that silences them.'

Last amended 5 Jul 2016 09:48:07
Subjects:
  • Christmas Island, Australian External Territories,
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