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Once was a Rifle Range by Sam Wagan Watson, 2004.
Once was a Rifle Range single work   poetry   "all that remains now is dirt"
Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Once was a Rifle Range
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This poem explores the cost of war service on the children left behind. Before leaving for war, a father takes his son to a rifle range to shoot and talk about what the future might hold... (Source: Phillip Hall, Gathering Points : Australian Poetry : A Natural Selection. 2011)



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    y separately published work icon Smoke Encrypted Whispers Samuel Wagan Watson , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2004 Z1123977 2004 selected work poetry (taught in 5 units)

    'These poems pulse with the language and images of a mangrove-lined river city, the beckoning highway, the just-glimpsed muse, the tug of childhood and restless ancestors. For the first time Samuel Wagan Watson's poetry has been collected into this stunning volume, which includes a final section of all new work.' (Source: UQP website:

    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2004
    pg. 69-70
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