A dialogue between two writers working in the margins of the Australian literary community, Reciprocity explores the unfulfilled potential of experimental poetics to articulate, deconstruct, and generate dialogue across margins. Performed by Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk, this work explores some of the more problematic terrains of Australian Poetry.
A collaborative panel between NYWF and Critical Animals: Respect, responsibility, reciprocity, and relationality are the cultural pillars that have shaped the experience of many Aboriginal women moving through colonial educational institutions. In recent years Araluen has been developing theorisations to translate these frameworks to a critical reading practice to challenge exclusionary and appropriative strategies in literary study.
Along with the responsibility to honour and respect Aboriginal culture and knowledge in all spaces, Araluen believes it is necessary to seek relationality and practice reciprocity with those voices also excluded and appropriated by critical discourse in order to circumvent institutional powers of representation and containment.
Reciprocity is a poetic dialogue between writers Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk, exploring the largely unfulfilled political and cultural potential of experimental/conceptual poetics to articulate, deconstruct, and generate dialogue across margins, speaking specifically to the problems presented by Australian poetry.
In this performance Araluen will speak to the challenges of finding a culturally responsible poetic voice while learning her ancestral language against the legacy of linguistic blackface in Australian literature. Jonathan will explore his experiences of mental illness and childhood poverty to address the failure of experimental/conceptual poetics to politicise, or even conceptualise representations of neurodiversity in language and subject, particularly those inflicted also by class.