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Towards an Australian Modernism: New Writings of Kris Hemensley

This article appeared in Southerly Number 2 1977. This is a close reading of a challenging Melbourne poet and literary figure.

Native American Destruction

“And because all the people who could do so fled to the mountains to escape these inhuman, ruthless, and ferocious acts, the Spanish captains, enemies of the human race, pursued them with the fierce dogs they kept which attacked the Indians, tearing them to pieces and devouring them. 378 more words

Native Americans

Kurt Vonnegut,

And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep. — Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five. (Delacorte 1969)

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Charles Bukowski

there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movements of
the hands of a clock

― Charles Bukowski, from “the crunch,” … 14 more words

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Eliot Khalil Wilson

She twists like a flame.
Her back, a sierra of bone,
her hips, a sandstone canyon.
And I can believe her gaze,
born from a thousand years dreaming… 28 more words

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Mark Twain

Stars and shadows ain’t good to see by. ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Penguin Classics; 1ª ed., 1ª imp. edition December 31, 2002) Originally published December 10th 1884.

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Richard Siken

He wants to be tender
and merciful. That sounds overly valorous.
Sounds like penance. And his hands?
His hands keep turning into birds and
flying away from him. 28 more words

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