Some Summer Reading

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Your mother is pure Black
    happy forever with the Water Hen
Lionel Fogarty Ruby Dilli (Eyes) Southerly (Vol 71 No 2) 2011 p124

There is a cost to non-Indigenous as well as Indigenous people when the privileges of (white) society are based upon lies about ourselves and our past.
Sarah Maddison Beyond White Guilt: The Real Challenge for Black-White Relations in Australia Allen & Unwin Australia 2011 p20

Techniques and technologies necessary to manage our lives and natural resources sustainably are known. However, simple ways of living contradict the growth of commodities and services, which drives capitalism.
Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies Pluto Press London 2011 p14

Even in the full blossom of life, decay and death were just around the corner. The world was a joyous thing with maggots at the centre, Wombalano Beeaar had once told him.
Craig Robertson Buckley's Hope: The Real Life Story of Australia's Robinson Crusoe Scribe Melbourne 1980 p160

As Lewis Mumford saw it amidst the carnage of World War II, "Western civilization became mechanically unified and socially disintegrated" (Values for Survival, 190)... The supposed rationalization of technology, he found, often concealed pockets of irrationality: "immense gains in valuable knowledge and usable productivity were canceled out by equally great increases in ostentatious waste, paranoid hostility, insensate destructiveness, hideous random extermination" (Lewis Mumford Reader, 134).
Jed Rasula This Compost: Ecological Imperatives in American Poetry University of Georgia Press Athens and London 2002 p49

Australia from the edges of a wound
a circus of dusty blood sucked
from a metal carcass in Minyirr's old heart
the softly burning horizon screaming
as if a mineral-old candle
had coagulated
around the wooden boats of Enlightenment and flared
up above us
the dancing phantoms of the flaming
place-time scrub.
Stuart Cooke Edge Water (excerpt from Broome Song) Interactive Press Queensland 2011 p63


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