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Issue Details: First known date: 1981... 1981 Up, Not Down, Mate! : Thoughts from a Prison Cell
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'Robbie Walker was born in Port Augusta, a member of a family of twelve children. He is of Aboriginal descent. The family moved around a during his early years and he attended different schools. His education was disrupted by clashes with the law from his early teens, and he attained only First Year High School standard. Since then Robbie has been in and out of Boy's Homes and Gaol. Whilst in Gaol he began to write down his feelings. This booklet is a selection of those writings.' (Source: back cover) Sighted 13/07/2010.

Notes

  • Foreword by Robbie Walker
  • Dedication: To my mother and family and to father Tony.

Contents

* Contents derived from the West Torrens area, Adelaide - South West, Adelaide, South Australia,:Catholic Chaplaincy to Aborigines , 1981 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Life is Lifei"The rose among thorns", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 3)
Those Terrible Little Thingsi"People who step on bees -", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 3)
Ruff, Very Ruffi"Life is for real , Hey ?", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 4)
A Thoughtful Night in a Prison Celli"Hearing the sound of radios", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 5)
Solitary Confinementi"Have you ever been ordered to strip", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 6-7)
Unrecieved Messagesi"Am I dreaming ?", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 8-9)
Comparisoni"Human beings are like guitar strings :", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 10)
My Thoughtsi"Man will swallow anything,", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 10)
Service With a Smilei"How many give", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 10)
Faithi"A barred glance", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 11)
The Hypocritesi"It is said that praying comes easy", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 12-13)
Thoughtfuli"Once a tree is cut down", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 13)
Friendship Todayi"Friendship now-a-days", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 14)
Born Againi"I am slowly opening my heart", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 15)
The Eternal Childi"I am young,", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 15)
The Ultimate Commitmenti"True friends are those who realise", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 16)
Who-So-Ever Shall Believei"Rosemary tears", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 16)
Okay, Let's Be Honesti"Okay, let's be honest:", Robert Walker , single work poetry (p. 17-19)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Robert Walker 1981 single work biography
— Appears in: Identity , October vol. 4 no. 5 1981; (p. 27)
A small biography of poet Robert Walker.
Robert Walker 1981 single work biography
— Appears in: Identity , October vol. 4 no. 5 1981; (p. 27)
A small biography of poet Robert Walker.
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