This ground-breaking anthology collects poems written by Australian poets who are migrants, their children, and refugees of Asian heritage.
The poets’ Australian-tinged voices range from Pakistan to Singapore to Thailand to Goa and beyond, telling diverse, richly textured and evolving stories.
The anthology spans work from over three decades of writing and addresses a long-standing absence in Australian publishing: according to the 2011 census, almost one in eight Australians has Asian ancestry, with the percentage higher in our major cities, yet you’d never guess this from our published poetry.
Contemporary Asian Australian Poets provides a fascinating introduction to this body of work, with poetic expressions of home, travel, diaspora, identity, myth, empire and language.
LISTEN TO (OR DOWNLOAD) THIS RADIO NATIONAL SEGMENT HERE: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/poetica/contemporary-asian-australian-poets/5210534