Lionel Fogarty

(1958 - / Queensland / Australia)

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Lionel Fogarty is an Indigenous Australian poet and political activist.

He was born in 1958 at Barambah (now called Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve) in Queensland where he grew up. He has been involved in Aboriginal activism from his teenage years, mainly in Southern Queensland on issues such as Land Rights, Aboriginal health and deaths in custody. His brother, Daniel Yock died at the hands of police in 1993. His poetry, while in no way dismissable as simply 'political poetry', can be seen as an extension of these activities on another front. Common themes are the maintenance of traditional aboriginal culture and the everyday realities of European occupation. Among the most ... more »

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  • Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (6/13/2018 7:34:00 AM)

    This poet ought to consider becoming a rap artist. His poetry has great poetntial in a poetry slam.

  • cody mcgrath (6/5/2018 11:57:00 PM)


  • Teresa Podemska-abt (2/18/2014 12:36:00 AM)

    L. Fogarty’s poems are seen as ‘difficult’ to understand because of the extraordinary language activations, verse and structures; but this ‘difficulty’ may simply result from the political slant of postcolonial lens, as evidently, this same language appears original and new, also idiosyncratic, if interpreted within the realm of the linguistic poetry. Therefore, even though the poet does not make the language a main reflection of his poetry, rather creating the language within language, he invents the ‘above-language’. In this language each neologism regenerates the Indigenous world and its tissue, consequently creating reality and linguistic reality itself. In such a way, L. Fogarty’s poetry crafts the ‘over-form’ of the Aboriginal English, but also cosmism, existence, being, self.

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The first homo sapiens is
we aborigines.
The different ideas ’bout origins
only you running human like people
present state
This old naturally wise earth
not their scientific knowledge
Brothers million love remains
outside nowadays
But savage are there commonly believed
Theory of evolution we developed
things living as original forms of lifes.
Sisters modern human existence
not in there mixed.
Come brief kindly born earth
making scientist naive
the related common ancestors.
maps are in your sapiens
unwise species.
Don’t ...

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