This is a book about deep history and living in the moment; beauty and poverty; comic discovery and tragic loss. Kevin Brophy writes about people and place like no-one else.
Research Statement: This work is in the field of Creative Writing (FOR 190402). its contexts are multiple and complex. They are: poetry by white writers about Aboriginal Australia, poetry on the desert landscape of Australia, on isolation in the outback, and on life in an Aboriginal community. The research aim is to make a book of poems that will work powerfully in an aesthetic and linguistic sense while exposing intimately a truthful picture of how it is to live in a desert landscape and a remote Aboriginal community. There has never been such a book of poems written in Australia, produced through negotiation with the local people of the community. The new knowledge this book aims to provide is to stand as a test of whether it is possible to write truthfully, powerfully, intimately and respectfully about being a white person in an Aboriginal community and environment. The publication of these poems by an important Press and favourable critical reception in Australian Book Review, the Australian and the Australian Poetry Review are all evidence of excellence.