Bringing Poetry Back to PoliticsPeter Kirkwood,
2011single work criticism — Appears in:
Eureka Street,4 Novembervol.
212011;(p. 3)'A frequent criticism of our political leaders is that they don't provide a bigger narrative, a
deeper story that might give some sense of meaning, inspiration and direction to the populace.
An example of this sort of critique came from Paul Keating last week when interviewed
about his recently published book, After Words, by Paul Kelly in The Australian. 'The failure of
the Rudd and Gillard administrations,' he said, 'is the lack of an over-arching story, the lack of
a compelling story.'
According to Eureka Street poetry editor Philip Harvey, it is the work of poets to delve into
this deeper territory, and poetry provides perhaps the best means to explore and express
deeper questions.' (p. 3)