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Jeanine Leane Jeanine Leane i(A57834 works by)
Born: Established: Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga area, Riverina - Murray area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Wiradjuri
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1 Fortress Australia in Pandemic 2021 i "Last night I watched the sun eclipse and moon in the night", Jeanine Leane , 2021 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 11 no. 1 2021; (p. 27)
1 ‘Fragments of Many Stars’ Elfie Shiosaki’s Stellar Collection Jeanine Leane , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 433 2021; (p. 55)

— Review of Homecoming Elfie Shiosaki , 2021 selected work poetry prose

'Noongar and Yawuru poet and academic Elfie Shiosaki writes in the introduction to her new poetry collection, Homecoming, that it is the story of four generations of Noongar women of which she is the sixth. The poems are ‘fragments of many stars’ in her ‘grandmothers’ constellations’. Shiosaki ‘tracks her grandmothers’ stars’ to find her ‘bidi home’. The introduction reads as a beautifully crafted prose poem that contextualises the works that follow.'  (Introduction)

1 Staring Back Jeanine Leane , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , June 2021;

— Review of Dropbear Evelyn Araluen , 2021 selected work poetry essay

'Since the invasion of Australia in 1788, First Nations Peoples have been forced into the literary images of the colonisers. We have been described as noble savages, vermin, half-castes, temptresses, and problems, just to name a few. Our entrapment in the literary canon of the invading settlers is what constructed and maintained the colonial mythscape of the modern nation of Australia.' (Introduction)

1 y separately published work icon Cordite Poetry Review No Theme X no. 101 1 May Jeanine Leane (editor), John Kinsella (editor), Hayley Miller-Baker (editor), 2021 21730491 2021 periodical issue

'A callout for a poetry of consciousness ‘that enacts and is responsible for what it considers’, that has been written with an awareness of ‘crises, brinks and redress’, was always going to bring some powerful and confronting work. We also hoped for poetry with contiguous capacity for social justice, community awareness and social and emotional wellbeing, and we feel that we have been able to select and collate such poems here. There are many different causes, convictions and concerns addressed in these poems, but the act of showing concern and suggesting a wish for positive change – for asserting a sense of justice and seeking that justice – is inherent in different ways in most if not all of the poems in this issue.' (John Kinsella and Jeanine Leane, Editorial introduction)

1 No Longer Malleable Stuff Jeanine Leane , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 241 2020; (p. 11-17)

'Within the white imagination there is an invisible charter of rights that I hear frequently quoted, touted, lauded: It is my right to imagine whatever I want! My imagination is free! So encoded is this invisible charter of rights that insists that the white imagination has no limits that all peoples and places deemed as 'other' become carte blanche - a blank white page for their imaginations to write.' (Introduction)

1 2020 Vision i "…I was born on stolen land, my Grandmother’s Mother", Jeanine Leane , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 65 no. 2 2020; (p. 118-119)
1 Native Grasses i "Native grasses", Jeanine Leane , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 10 no. 1 2020; (p. 13-14)
1 Black Child i "Black child —", Jeanine Leane , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 239 2020; (p. 61)
1 'Living on Stolen Land' : Deconstructing the Settler Mythscape Jeanine Leane , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2020;

— Review of Living on Stolen Land Ambelin Kwaymullina , 2020 selected work poetry prose
1 On The Power To Be Still Jeanine Leane , 2020 single work
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , August 2020;

— Review of Throat Ellen van Neerven , 2020 selected work poetry

'I chose to read this work through the poet’s chosen vessel, the throat. Finishing it left me with my heart right there – beating at the back of my throat; in awe of what I had just read, and in suspenseful anticipation of what is to come.' (Introduction)

1 4 y separately published work icon Guwayu — For All Times Jeanine Leane (editor), Broome : Magabala Books , 2020 19693123 2020 anthology poetry

'I travel Country, like my Old People done. I see the Country, like my Old People done I burn Country, like my Old People done. I sing Country, like my Old People done
- Jacob Morris, Ban Maganindadjyang (My Old People Done)

'Guwayu, For All Times is a collection of First Nations poems commissioned by Red Room Poetry over the past 16 years, and is a radical literary intervention for its breadth of representation, temporal depth and diversity of language.

'This fiercely uncensored collection features 61 poems from First Nations poets in 12 First Nations languages, and together they are an exquisite expression of living First Nations culture.

'Journey through a range of poetic forms from lyric, confessional, protest, narrative and song, showcasing new voices and established poets.

'Guwayu is edited by Wiradjuri poet, Dr Jeanine Leane, produced by Red Room Poetry, a leading arts organisation committed to making poetry in meaningful ways, and published by Magabala Books, Australia's leading Indigenous publisher.' (Publication summary)

1 False Claims of Colonial Thieves by Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella (2018). Jeanine Leane , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Swamphen : A Journal of Cultural Ecology , no. 7 2020;

— Review of False Claims of Colonial Thieves Charmaine Papertalk-Green , John Kinsella , 2018 selected work poetry

'False Claims of Colonial Thieves is the founding myth of colonial Australia. Yamaji poet Charmaine Papertalk Green and settler poet John Kinsella launch into the long overdue conversation Australia needs to have between the Country’s First Peoples and the settler-invaders. Australia needs this radical intervention in publishing to move forward in dialogue with First Nations people.' (Introduction)

1 Testimony from the Home Front : Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert Jeanine Leane , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , October 2019;

— Review of The Cherry Picker's Daughter : A Childhood Memoir Kerry Reed-Gilbert , 2019 single work autobiography

'On 13 July 2019, in the middle of Canberra’s notoriously hard winter, Australia lost a literary treasure and lifelong activist whose work and writing was, in her own lifetime at least, largely unsung. Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert (1956 – 2019) was an Elder of the Wiradjuri nation whose journey in this life began on the banks of the Kalari river in Condobolin, central-western New South Wales, as the youngest of eight children in what she described as a ‘blended family, sixty years before the term became fashionable’. All eight children were raised by Mummy, Aunty Joyce Hutchings, who was the elder sister of Kerry’s father, the poet and activist Kevin Gilbert. Aunty Kerry’s memoir The Cherry Picker’s Daughter is above all a tribute to the home-front activism of Aboriginal women, which all too often goes unnoticed.' (Introduction)

1 Kill the Chicken to Scare the Monkey Jeanine Leane , 2019 single work prose
— Appears in: Peril : An Asian-Australian Journal , August no. 36 2019;

'‘You’re not Australian…are you?’ asks the Professor from White-Sands when she overhears me introducing myself to Roberto in the breakfast room in Guangzhou, on my first morning in China.' (Introduction)

1 Vale Kuracca : A Tribute to Kerry Reed-Gilbert Jeanine Leane , 2019 single work obituary (for Kerry Reed-Gilbert )
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , August 2019;

'It was a grey Canberra morning, mid-winter that she passed. A big mob of kuracca flew in over the suburb where we were neighbours for nearly two decades. Booming across the sky, they swept in low over the backyard where she used to scatter seeds. Always big mobs came.' (Introduction(

1 Unfinished Business i "I came back decades later to rooms she cleaned", Jeanine Leane , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 February no. 89 2019;
1 Ultima Thule : BlakWork by Alison Whittaker Jeanine Leane , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , February 2019;

'BlakWork by Alison Whittaker is a unique hybrid of poetry, memoir, reportage, legal documentation, fiction, non-fiction, satire, and social commentary. But to label it – to assign it a genre among the vast array of western categories that exist, would I think, risk oversimplification. It is a work that defies both genre and gender categorisations and the restrictions imposed by colonialism to situate itself at the centre of many intersections; and it both embraces and interrogates these spaces from within. At the core of all these intersections is Whittaker’s Aboriginality – her Gomeroi Country and culture.' (Introduction)

1 Yanha-mam-birra – Release i "The space of my emptiness is a chasm so deep so wide", Jeanine Leane , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry in First Languages 2018-2020;
1 Nginha-gulia nyiang – These words i "These words cry out and I hear them—learn to mould", Jeanine Leane , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry in First Languages 2018-2020;
1 Nurambang yali – Country speaks i "It’s been too long since I sat on granite in my", Jeanine Leane , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry in First Languages 2018-2020;
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