Cribb Island single work   poetry   "For a while, Dad worked in a ghost town."
Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Cribb Island
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  • Author's note: Cribb Island is written in the classic Japanese style of "haibun"; a prose poem completed with a haiku.

    The poem is based on a community which was uprooted by the Bjelke-Petersen/Queensland Government in the early 80's to make way for the extensions to Brisbane's domestic airport.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y 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. 151
  • Appears in:
    y The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Monroe : LA Desperation Press Turnrow Books , 2014 8049508 2014 anthology poetry

    'This a negotiation of many spaces. That of poets and their work, the idea of "Australia", the idea of being "represented" in a different demographic (America), personal or textual issues with anthologiser, who else is being included (though none outside myself and the publishers have knowledge of this until publication). Vitally, whoat matters is the conversations that arise from the anthology going public, and how the poets and readers deal with this community that has been organically and artificially induced.' John Kinsella (Source: backcover)

    Monroe : LA Desperation Press Turnrow Books , 2014
    pg. 532
    Note: With first line: For a while, Dad worked in a ghost town. He'd take us there on weekends
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  • Cribb Island, Moreton Bay, Brisbane - South East, Brisbane, Queensland,
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