Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre
Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2005 - 268 Seiten
The past is a problem for us. We know certain events happened, sometimes exactly when and yet our sometimes longing for certainty cannot be satisfied . . . We tell stories about where we come from and so who we are. We change these stories sometimes minutely, sometimes radically depending upon our audiences and our task.
Bluff Rockis organised around the key question- how do we know the past? Using historical material (letters, memoirs), a tourist brochure, and local histories, it focuses on the ways that the massacre(s) of Aborigines at Bluff Rock, in New England during the 1840s has been recorded and remembered.
It is the author's ability to lay herself on the line that makes this a courageous and even controversial text. Schlunke, who grew up in New England area, takes this one story from early colonial Australia and looks at the many ways it is organised as a memory of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations.
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The version of the massacre that this poem is asking us to monumentalise, to
contemplate in silent attention, is quite different from the versions outlined in the
tourist leaflet. It insists on Aboriginal agency, the culpability of white men (which ...
to access particular powers for self - destruction through their exotic practices .
However , the Romantic image of embattled Aboriginal people is affected by ( 1 )
its position within a poem that begins with the implication that it is white greed
The quotes at the end of the poem challenge what is poetry. They demand that
you not only read the poem for its rhythm and pacy bush style, but also
contextualise it and understand its present currency. They quote Irby — 'We
punished them ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
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