John Pat single work   poetry   "Write of life"
Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 John Pat
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  • Author's note: John Pat was a 16 year old Aboriginal boy who died of head injuries alleged to have been caused in a disturbance between police and Aborigines in Roebourne, WA, in 1983. Four police were charged with manslaughter over the incident. They were acquitted.
  • Author's note: Guddia: Kimberley term for white man

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y John Pat and Other Poems Jack Davis , Ferntree Gully : J. M. Dent , 1988 Z193231 1988 selected work poetry 'This...volume of poems takes up many of the themes and concerns found in his earlier work. Whether describing a bush creature with gentle irony and a twinkle in his pen, observing the mysteries of human behaviour, evoking with lyrical grace the Aboriginal love of land, or reaching out for mutual understanding across barriers of prejudice and ignorance, these poems speak simply and openly, sometimes poignantly, always with sincerity and a delight in language'. (Source: back cover, 1988 edition) Ferntree Gully : J. M. Dent , 1988 pg. 2-3
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    y Writers in Action: The Writer's Choice Evenings Gerry Turcotte (editor), Sydney : Currency Press , 1990 Z466125 1990 anthology interview poetry Sydney : Currency Press , 1990 pg. 183
  • Appears in:
    y Contemporary Australian Poetry : An Anthology John Leonard (editor), Knoxfield : Houghton Mifflin , 1990 Z361533 1990 anthology poetry humour war literature Knoxfield : Houghton Mifflin , 1990 pg. 19-20
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    y Voices of Aboriginal Australia : Past, Present, Future Irene Moores , Springwood : Butterfly Books , 1995 Z174399 1995 anthology life story poetry extract prose biography autobiography interview

    Voices of Aboriginal Australia is a collection of essays, speeches, poetry, articles, interviews etc. mainly by Aborigines, on topics of racism, discrimination, justice & the law, social conditions, land rights etc. for Aboriginal people.

    Springwood : Butterfly Books , 1996
    pg. 186-187
  • Appears in:
    y Indigenous Australian Voices : A Reader Jennifer Sabbioni (editor), Kay Schaffer (editor), Sidonie Smith (editor), New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press , 1998 Z216667 1998 anthology extract poetry criticism autobiography prose short story

    Presents artwork, prose and poetry of thirty-six contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from the off-shore island, the Northern Territory, and all six states of Australia.

    New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press , 1998
    pg. 225-226
  • Appears in:
    y Studies in Western Australian History Wordal no. 22 Jill Milroy (editor), Tom Stannage (editor), John T Host (editor), Nedlands : University of Western Australia. Dept. of History, Centre for Western Australian History , 2001 Z1588661 2001 periodical issue anthology Nedlands : University of Western Australia. Dept. of History, Centre for Western Australian History , 2001 pg. 106
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    y Enough Is Enough : A History of the Pilbara Mob Noel Olive , North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2007 Z1573780 2007 selected work prose poetry Spending time in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the author represented Aboriginal families before the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. During this time he interviewed several Aboriginal men and women from Roebourne. Their stories reflect their histories, cultural differences, and their experiences that have shaped their lives. Further, the stories provided an insight from the effects of colonialism to the present day. This book is an attempt to present a history that embraces the Aboriginal side of the Pilbara story. (Source: Enough Is Enough: A History of the Pilbara Mob) North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2007 pg. 223
  • Appears in:
    y The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 249-250
First line of verse: "Alternative first line: Write of life, the pious said"
Last amended 8 Mar 2011 16:23:09
  • Country towns,
  • Roebourne, Pilbara area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • 1980s
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