This is the first collection of poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (aka Kath Walker).
Manuscript note NLA catalogue:
“Of the 31 poems here printed, 30 were first published in Walker’s first book “We Are Going: Poems” (Brisbane: Jacaranda, 1964). Two poems have slightly different titles (6 & 23) and all are arranged in a different order. We have not been able to find a published record of the extra poem “Peace” (No. 2). The theme of this poem is women against nuclear war, “Women unite; / Unite or pay the price / Of children scorched and scarred / With sterling sightless eyes. / Imbeciles, / Through nuclear war;” whereas the other poems relate to Aboriginal affairs. This leads us to suppose this is a prepublication copy of her manuscript poems submitted to Brisbane publisher Jacaranda Press. After a recommendation from Jacaranda’s poetry reader, Judith Wright, the collection was published in 1964 as “We Are Going: Poems.” The work was an immediate commercial success, selling more than ten thousand copies and making Walker the best-selling Australian poet since C. J. Dennis."–Catalogue from Read's Rare Book Shop, list 251, July 2014
Il presente volume rappresenta il primo contributo critico italiano interamente incentrato sulla figura della grande poetessa australiana Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Libro ibrido e strutturalmente composito, esso ospita la prima versione italiana integrale della raccolta poetica d’esordio di Oodgeroo (all’epoca Kath Walker), We Are Going (1964).
The volume aims to introduce to the Italian audience the seminal work of the Indigenous poet Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, and contains the first Italian translation of her first collection of poetry, We Are Going (1964). [from 'Encountering Australia: Transcultural Conversations' conference program, European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA), 24-26 September 2014, Monash Prato Centre, Prato Italy]