When poetry is racist

Type
Polemic
Category
Culture
Debate

Michael Brown was killed on 9 August 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. He was eighteen. He had just graduated high school. He was black. He was shot at least six times by a white police officer.

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Type
Poetry

Be were: third place, Judith Wright Poetry Prize

tonight the pigment will rise
through your skin, form in fawn
formations 		deer: your 		stockinged
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Type
Poetry

Exile: second place, Judith Wright Poetry Prize

In the beginning I carried fireflies for fuel,
used a walking stick borrowed from the first blue gum
and stuffed my pockets with scribbly bark;
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Type
Poetry

Hyper-reactive: first place, Judith Wright Poetry Prize

rip through traffic lights in Brunswick
to the sound of night lions
sugar strings – teeth to tongue
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Type
Poetry

Graceful asymmetries: Judge’s report for the 2014 Judith Wright Poetry Prize

Opposed to ‘graceful asymmetry’ are those who misread ‘informality’ as a mess of disorder, indifference and vulgarity. Form in poetry has always been a moral or ethical problem, a political gesture.

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