Phillip Gijindarraji Hall has had his first poetry book published, sweetened in coals, with Ginninderra Press. This amazing collection has been in the making for a long time, part of it came about as a result of Phillip's Doctorate in Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.
This is poetry that dances like the brolga: in praise of wading waist
deep in the mountain river's 'nourishing brown flow'; of parcelling
freshly caught barra in paperbark before 'sweetening in coals'; of a
campfire crackling in 'plumes of rising heat'. Hall raises the flag to
Indigenous survival, listening to Country in a way that esteems the
traditional owners and interrogates colonialism's crooked paths. This is
poetry that keeps us sensitively engaged and committed from beginning
'Every day twenty-first century Australia needs urgent
corrections to that ongoing virus of phoney patriotism continuing to
infect it. The plain-speaking, closely observed poems of Phillip Hall go
a mighty long way in tending to that need.' - Alan Wearne
'Hall is a striking imagist, moving us toward a Thoreauean poetic of sauntering and ambient perspective. Sweetened in Coals is a stunning achievement.' - Bonny Cassidy
Phillip will be at the University of Wollongong in July reading poetry from his collection, which will be launched by Alan Wearne. I will
post more details about the launch shortly. Thanks in advance to the South Coast Writers Centre and the University of Wollongong for hosting this launch.
To purchase the book visit Ginninderra Press.