Australian First Nations poetry

 Read reviewWhisper Songs

Whisper Songs

Tony Birch

In this stunning collection Tony Birch invites the reader into a tender conversation with those he loves - and has loved - the most

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 Read reviewDropbear

Dropbear

Evelyn Araluen

This fierce debut from award-winning writer Evelyn Araluen confronts the tropes and iconography of an unreconciled nation with biting satire and lyrical fury.  

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Living on Stolen Land

Living on Stolen Land

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Living on Stolen Land is a prose-styled look at our colonial-settler ‘present'. This book is the first of its kind to address and educate a broad audience about the colonial contextual history of Australia, in a highly...

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Arelhekenhe Angkentye

Arelhekenhe Angkentye

Ptilotus Press

This anthology of poems was written by twenty-one Arrernte women from the heart of the continent in Mparntwe Alice Springs around the theme of the NT Writers Festival 2019, Lyapirtneme.

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Guwayu, For All Times: A Collection of First Nations poems

Guwayu, For All Times: A Collection of First Nations poems

Jeanine Leane, Red Room Poetry

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...

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Throat

Throat

Ellen van Neerven

Throat is the explosive second poetry collection from award-winning Mununjali Yugambeh writer Ellen van Neerven.

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Homeland Calling: Words from a New Generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices

Homeland Calling: Words from a New Generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices

Desert Pea Media, Ellen van Neerven

A new generation of deadly, young poets has emerged in Australia.

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Late Murrumbidgee Poems

Late Murrumbidgee Poems

John Mukky Burke, Melissa Lucashenko

'My real life experiences are here - expressed guts and all - far more honestly than before, and hang the consequences in the open.' - John Mukky Burke

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Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today

Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today

Alison Whittaker

Curated and introduced by Alison Whittaker, Fire Front is a ground-breaking anthology of First Nations poetry showcasing some of the brightest new stars, as well as leading Aboriginal writers and poets including Bruce Pascoe, Ali...

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Nganajungu Yagu

Nganajungu Yagu

Charmaine Papertalk Green

An award-winning work of poetry from Charmaine Papertalk Green.

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Blakwork

Blakwork

Alison Whittaker

 Alison Whittaker's Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge; an incomprehensible loss, and the poet's fearless examination of the present.

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Kindred

Kindred

Kirli Saunders

Kindred, Kirli Saunders debut poetry collection, is a pleasure to lose yourself in.

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Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Ellen van Neerven

Following on from the success of her award-winning fiction debut, Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven announces herself as a talented poet with this intoxicating collection. Moving between places and cultures, Comfort Food...

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False Claims of Colonial Thieves

False Claims of Colonial Thieves

Charmaine Papertalk Green, John Kinsella

From well-known poets John Kinsella and Charmaine Papertalk-Green comes a tête-à-tête that is powerful, thought provoking, and challenges what we think we know about our country, colonisation, and how we...

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Inside My Mother

Inside My Mother

Ali Cobby Eckermann

In her new poetry collection, Inside My Mother, Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann explores the trauma created by family separation, felt as an interminable void in its darkest aspects, but in other ways a magical place 'beyond...

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Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Alison Whittaker

From a remarkable new voice in Indigenous writing comes this highly original collection of poems bristling with stunning imagery and gritty textures. At times sensual, always potent, Lemons in the Chicken Wire delivers a collage...

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Ruby Moonlight

Ruby Moonlight

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ruby Moonlight, a novel of the impact of colonisation in mid north South Australia around 1880. The main character, Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper. The poems convey how...

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Love Poems and Death Threats

Love Poems and Death Threats

Samuel Wagan Watson

Love Poems and Death Threats breaks new ground for Indigenous Australian writing and adds to Samuel Wagan Watson's reputation as one of our most exciting poets.

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Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Samuel Wagan Watson

Contains poems from Watson's publications. Road poems, urban songlines, and ancestral ties are the hallmarks of this popular young poet.

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Dirty Words

Dirty Words

Natalie Harkin

Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman from South Australia.

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Story About Feeling

Story About Feeling

Bill Neidjie

Provides insights into aspects of traditional Aboriginal lore, and the feelings of the people who belong to Kakadu and how they read their country. The text includes reproductions of bark paintings and artefacts from coastal...

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