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  • Author:agent Diane Fahey
Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 (from) A Death in Winter
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  • Dedication: In memory of Leo Seemanpillai
  • Epigraph:

    If I'm deported back to Sri Lanka,

    torture is certain because I'm a Tamil.

    • from the Journal of Leo Seemanpillai
  • This poem is in parts with first lines:

    2. I read the newspapers,

    3. When he settles in Geelong (Author's note: Leo Seemanillai arrived in Darwin from India on January 9, 2013, and was held in detention before being granted a bridging visa with work rights in June of that year)

    4. A man on fire (Epitaph: 'Anyone who may have come from Sri Lanka should know that they will go back to Sri Lanka.' - Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigrantion and Border Protection; October 2013.

    5. A man casts off and rows

    6. How can I venture

    9. Leo, one of the light-bearers, (Author's Note: Leo had, pinned to his wall, a slip of paper that read, It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.)

    11. Who, exactly, is ill here? (Author's Note: During a stay in a Mental hospital early in 2014 because of severe depression, Leo tried to hang himself with a towel.)

    17. The Australian government refused the visa applied for by Leo's family (Epitaph: 'We want to be by our son's side when his funeral takes place. that way our lives will be more peaceful.' - Leo's father

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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    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. 56-60
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