Lazy exterminator in their policies
Will fall to a decolonisative voices powered by our master race.
-Lionel Fogarty, ‘Historical Upheavals’, Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future) 83
‘I think everything comes down to poetry,’ Lionel Fogarty says, in a 2019 interview: ‘ even the politicians, whatever they say ... they get definitions of a poet is a poet and that’s that, and the definition of policy is a policy, but I’d say they have a lot to do with poetry’ (Moore and Fogarty).
Declaring that ‘poetry is only relevant when it changes the bloody law!’, Fogarty’s experimentalist, activist verse has since 1980’s Kargun, poetically reckoned with the slow violence of settler legal structures (Brennan and Fogarty). His visionary, ‘decolonisative’ work commands a unique, complex relation to a Shelleyian conception of the poet-as-legislator. For, emerging from the philosophical and material clash between sempiternal Aboriginal law and settler legal structures…