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Manifestoes

John Kinsella

in Disclosed Poetics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075582
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719075582.003.0003
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Since the mid-1990s, the author has edited a number of special Australian issues of literary journals from Britain, Canada, and the United States. He has also edited an anthology of contemporary Australian poetry, Landbridge (1999a), and is currently completing a two-volume historical anthology. These projects were very different in orientation from the process of including Australian poetry (and prose) in the many ‘general’ issues of literary journals that he edited over the same period of time, and indeed over the last dozen or so years. Apart from the obvious agenda of representing place and culture – or especially with a continent-country as large and diverse as Australia, places and cultures – there is the constant undercurrent of bypassing or making connections between differences to create a broader context of identity. Australians are generally proud of their poetry, or the poetries of their particular cultures within the idea of Australia, and poetry has a great significance spiritually, as well as pragmatically, to the indigenous peoples.

Keywords: Australian poetry; place; culture; Australia; identity; indigenous peoples

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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