Neither Here Nor There: Suburban Voices in Australian Poetry


Despite over three decades of critical discourse on Australian suburbia, Australian poetry on the subject seems strangely under-represented. Television and tupperware, not terza rima, are supposedly found in suburbs. We know what the suburbs look like, but how do they sound? Does the musique concréte of radio and bird song, sighing trees and power tools find stylized expression? Does suburbia voice itself?

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Published 1 November 1998 in Writing the Everyday: Australian Literature and the Limits of Suburbia. Subjects: Australian identity, Australian poetry, Gender roles, Poetic techniques, Suburbs.

Cite as: McCooey, David. ‘Neither Here Nor There: Suburban Voices in Australian Poetry.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 18, no. 4, 1998, doi: 10.20314/als.4d8a89050b.