Lionel Fogarty

(1958 - / Queensland / Australia)

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  • 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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A Lie

Way out in the valleys and
mountain ranges of light

You came quiet in roaring tide
in the sunset lagoon
How softly whispers the river
and streams in endless waters
can’t tell a lie.

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