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WINNER - 2019 Queensland Literary Awards (Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection)
WINNER - 2019 Mascara Avant-Garde Literary Award
SHORTLISTED – 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Poetry)
SHORTLISTED – 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (Indigenous Writing Prize)
SHORTLISTED – 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the YearLONGLISTED – 2019 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal
A stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire, and critique composed by a powerful new voice in poetry. Alison Whittaker’s BLAKWORK is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge; an incomprehensible loss, and the poet’s fearless examination of the present.
Whittaker is unsparing in the interrogation of familiar ideas – identifying and dissolving them with idiosyncratic imagery, layering them to form new connections, and reinterpreting what we know.
"Whittaker literally and figuratively demonstrates the subtle – yet radical – ways in which poetry may influence perceptions."
- Autumn Royal, Overland Literary Journal
"It is a virtuoso collection and one that I already think of as an indispensable addition to the ongoing work of redefining the truth of Australia’s sound and circumstance."
- Gregory Day, The Australian
"Blakwork expands horizons of possibility beyond instrumentalized domains, and, in its own brilliant ways, this book is an act of war, its sounds and shapes acting as both chthonic echoes and epistemological landmarks."
- Dan Disney, World Literature Today
"Writing this powerful makes the world afresh and urges for a complete decolonisation of the mind... Blakwork has a vital, musical pulse that connected such a varied array of poems — this is such essential reading: experimental but accessible, hopeful but hard-hitting."
- Queensland Literary Awards, Judges Comments
Listen to Alison Whittaker's interview with Danial Browning on Radio National