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Guwayu — For All Times

I travel Country, like my Old People done. I see the Country, like my Old People done
I burn Country, like my Old People done. I sing Country, like my Old People done
- Jacob Morris, Ban Maganindadjyang (My Old People Done)

Guwayu — For All Times is a collection of First Nations poems commissioned by Red Room Poetry over the past 16 years, and is a radical literary intervention for its breadth of representation, temporal depth and diversity of language.

This fiercely uncensored collection features 61 poems from First Nations poets in 12 First Nations languages, and together they are an exquisite expression of living First Nations culture.

Journey through a range of poetic forms from lyric, confessional, protest, narrative and song, showcasing new voices and established poets.

Guwayu is edited by Wiradjuri poet, Dr Jeanine Leane, produced by Red Room Poetry, a leading arts organisation committed to making poetry in meaningful ways.

"The Australian literary landscape needs this bold, brave intervention to wake it up from the 232-year slumber and the dream of the settler mythscape. Guwayu breaks the silence—feel the beauty—hear our words."
Dr Jeanine Leane

Evelyn Araluen, Eric Avery, Ethan Bell, John Muk Muk Burke, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Claire G Coleman, Paul Collis, Joel Davison, Joel Deaves, Lionel Fogarty, Declan Furber Gillick, Stiff Gins, Daniel Hansen, Matthew Heffernan, Steve Dibirdi Hodder Wass Bunbajee, Yvette Holt, Gayle Kennedy, Jeanine Leane, Carissa Lee, Lola McKickett, Jacob Morris, Lorna Munro, Melanie Mununggurr, Maureen Jipyiliya Nampijinpa O’Keefe, Bruce Pascoe, Nick Paton, Ryan Prehn, Celestine Rowe, Brenda Saunders, Kirli Saunders, Nicole Smede, Lyndsay Urquhart, Sam Wagan Watson, Adrian Webster, Kaitlen Wellington, Melanie Mununggurr Williams.

Praise for Guwayu — For All Times

"...very likely to be the foremost literary, cultural work coming out of this country..."
Dan Disney, World Literature Today

"Guwayu – For All Times is a ground-breaking book."
Joy Lawn, Paperbark Words

"Guwayu gathers not only the strength, creative and cultural vitality of Indigenous poets, but simply, within these pages you will read some of the best and most vital artists writing in Australia today."
Tony Birch

"To read these poems and sit with their strength and their truths is an experience I'm deeply grateful for. Immense and ground-breaking." 
Emma Co, Better Read Than Dead

"...a vibrant new anthology..." 
Sarah Holland Blatt, The Australian

Red Room Poetry
Red Room Poetry (RR) is Australia's leading organisation for commissioning, creating, publishing and promoting poetry in meaningful ways. Their poetic projects are created in collaboration with a spectrum of poets, communities and partners for positive impact in core areas of...

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Jeanine Leane
Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. Her first volume of poetry, Dark Secrets After Dreaming: A.D. 1887-1961 (2010, Presspress) won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry, 2010 and her first novel,...

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