The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.
'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)