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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 Open Boat, Barbed Wire Sky
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Includes works by more than 80 poets, predominantly from Australia, but also including representation from South Africa, the USA, the UK and New Zealand. Money raised from the sale of the book is to be used to support refugees and asylum seekers.

Notes

  • Book launched by Ray Martin on 12 March 2003 at the North Sydney Council Chambers.
  • Contents indexed selectively.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Live Poets' Press , 2003 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Reflectioni"War is", Felicity Daphne Baldry , single work poetry (p. 9)
From a Villawood Detainee 23 June 2002 Voice of Consciencei"If one person dies,", Mohsen Soltany-Zand , single work poetry (p. 10)
Note: The poem is followed by a message from the poet expressing appreciation for the support shown for prisoners and detainees.
Just Visiting : The Seven Gates of an Immigration Department Detention Centrei"Welcome to Villawood!", Jacqueline Buswell , single work poetry (p. 11-12)
Journeyi"Glacial winter dawn.", Assad Cina , single work poetry (p. 12)
The Pendanti"It's been six months since he requested", Mark O'Flynn , single work poetry (p. 12)
'In the Queue' Unaccompanied Minorsi"So much life burned", Aileen Kelly , single work poetry (p. 13-14)
Razor Wirei"Number 82176 is two", Jenni Nixon , single work poetry (p. 14)
The Afghan Girls (from an incident at the Blow-hole in Kiama).i"Last year", Meridee Carruthers , single work poetry (p. 15-16)
Distancesi"On coastguard radar, storms comb the Pacific.", Todd Owen , single work poetry (p. 17)
This Is a Water Dreami"Eyes closed. She curls her body into shapes", Kristin Hannaford , single work poetry (p. 18)
The Government Is Unmoved (The Prime Minister's Response to the News That Some Detainees at Woomera Were Digging Their Own Graves.)i"The needle is blunt", George Terril , single work poetry (p. 19)
Leavingi"we watched seasons", Katherine Gallagher , single work poetry (p. 24)
Dirty Foreign Laundry Policyi"They fired a missile", M. T. C. Cronin , single work poetry (p. 25)
Apathyi"Let's not go there.", John Weerden , single work poetry (p. 26)
Tampa: For the Drowning Who Were Watchedi"The air's carcass lies", M. T. C. Cronin , single work poetry
A poem written from the perspective of the day after Australia refused permission for the Norwegian freighter, The Tampa, to land on its shores with 400 mainly-Afghan asylum seekers in August 2001.
(p. 27)
The Unsharedi"Our hearts are shrinking to fit our leader's chest.", M. T. C. Cronin , single work poetry (p. 27-28)
Wailing Is the Metaphor and Not the Metaphor Unless You've Got a Third Eye : The Basketi"As you talk", M. T. C. Cronin , single work poetry (p. 28)
A Modern Truthtalei"They were not drowning, only waving,", Danny Gardner , single work poetry (p. 29)
Children Overboardi"Through all the fog of obfuscation", Gordon Adler , single work poetry (p. 30)
Have You Wondered?i"You have wondered, I am sure,", Peter Bowden , single work poetry (p. 30-31)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

[Review] Open Boat, Barbed Wire Sky Sue Hicks , 2003 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Five Bells , Autumn vol. 10 no. 2 2003; (p. 3)
Sue Hicks farewells her Australian friends prior to her return to England after 20 years of living in Australia. She also thanks those who offered support in the publication of Open Boat Barbed Wire Sky.
[Review] Open Boat, Barbed Wire Sky Sue Hicks , 2003 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Five Bells , Autumn vol. 10 no. 2 2003; (p. 3)
Sue Hicks farewells her Australian friends prior to her return to England after 20 years of living in Australia. She also thanks those who offered support in the publication of Open Boat Barbed Wire Sky.
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