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Natalie Harkin

Dan Disney reviews Natalie Harkin

Australian poet Natalie Harkin’s Dirty Words is a book of historical, ethical, indigenous consciousness; a savvy repository organized as if an archive. Or indictment. Framing each of the poems are quotes from a range of sources, and each text is codified alphabetically: thus we work (harrowingly) from ‘Apology’, ‘Boat People’, and ‘Climate Change’ through to ‘Xenophobia’, ‘Yothu Yindi’, and ‘Zero Tolerance’.

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Date: 6 July 2015

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