"Harvest Lingo is the fourteenth collection of poems by Lionel Fogarty, a long-standing Indigenous rights activist, and one of Australia's foremost poets. It displays all of the urgency, energy and linguistic audacity for which Fogarty is known. At the centre of the collection is a series of poems written in India - deeply empathetic, they are remarkable for the connections they draw between the social problems the poet encounters here and those he sees in contemporary Australia. Other poems tell of encounters between people and between cultures, address historical issues and political events, and pay tribute to important Indigenous figures. These are lyrics of personal experience and poems which contemplate Fogarty's own position as a poet and an activist, speaking with and for the community. His poems are bold and fierce, at times challenging and confronting, moved by strong rhythms and a remarkable freedom with language. They are an expression of the 'harvest lingo' which gives the collection its title." -- Back cover.
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