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Friday 28th of April 2017 (UTC)

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Remembering Ken Sprague (1927-2004) and his powerful images

“In essence, the leitmotif of his work is about power and the abuse of power as well as the resilience of ordinary working people to this abuse… It is an art of engagement – engagement for change.” (John Green, from the Introduction to Ken Sprague – People’s Artist.) People continue to ask about this powerful […]

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Who are the teachers and educators who inspired us?

This photo from 1953 shows four-year-old Ross Munro and his neighbour Phillip Noble playing in an asbestos sandpit in a residential backyard in Wittenoom in WA’s northwest. Residents purchased the deadly tailings which were commonly used as sandpits in backyards for the purposes of children’s play and also to reduce dust around houses. When I read Chris Hedges […]

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Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez (1910-1942): A victim of the Spanish Holocaust

“Here I have a voice impassioned, here I have a life embattled and angered, here I have a rumor, but here I have a life” Miguel Fernandez Gather This Voice/Take up this Cry “Goodbye, brothers, comrades, friends. Let me take my leave of the sun and fields” The last words of Miguel Hernandez scribbled on […]

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Howard Stein and the use of poetry as a clinical tool in the caring professions

‘Poetry can capture the ambiguities and pain of clinical practice as well as its passion and delight. Poetry is perhaps the cleverest acknowledgement that the world is an instrument of healing’ Howard F Stein ‘Being a trans disciplinary scholar is both a blessing and a curse. I find that I and my ideas often do […]

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The poetry of Carol Tarlen (1943-2004)

Thanks to Lyle Daggett‘s excellent blog A Burning Patience I discovered the poetry of Carol Tarlen. Lyle Dagett’s piece about Carol’s poetry is here. Of her poetry Lyle Daggett writes: I found it a deeply powerful collection, tough uncompromising poems of the daily struggle of working-class life, the frequent hardship and bitterness, and the unforced […]

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Geoff Goodfellow and poetry of everyday life

Miles Away by Geoff Goodfellow (from Poems for a Dead Father) I remember my feet on the cold kitchen lino that morning a teenager with bumfluff & pimples i was leaning over the kitchen table most of its red & white marbled laminex top covered in the morning newspaper as i stood above it all […]

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Remembering Eduardo Galeano 1940-2015

‘To publish Eduardo Galeano is to publish the enemy: the enemy of lies, indifference, above all of forgetfulness. Thanks to him, our crimes will be remembered. His tenderness is devastating, his truthfulness furious’ John Berger ‘In this world of ours, a world of powerful centers and subjugated outposts, there is no wealth that must not […]

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My name is Tauto Sansbury

My name is Tauto Sansbury. I was born on Point Pearce Mission in 1949. By the time you read this letter I will be 66 years old. By now I should be a fully initiated man speaking my native tongue, telling my stories and handing them down to my children, grand children and their children. […]

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fringedweller – INTRODUCTION

Published in 1980, the autobiography, ‘fringedweller’ honestly chronicles racialised homelessness, the physical dispossession experienced throughout the early life of the late Swan Valley Nyungah Elder Robert Bropho. I am currently transcribing this rare work, so as to be republished in serial form on our pages. The republishing here of Robert Bropho’s memoir is timely, poignant, […]

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The Front Page Rule

February 15, 2015 After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international news via back issues of USA Today available in the prison library, and an “In Brief” item, on p. 2A of the Jan. 30 weekend edition, caught my eye. It […]

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