Always Italicise: How to write while colonised

Somerville, Alice Te Punga


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Ockham Poetry Winner 2023

Shrink-wrapped, vacuum-packed, disassembled, sold for parts, butt of jokes, scapegoats, too this for that, too that for this, gravy trains, too angry, special treatment, let it go . . .

‘Always italicise foreign words’, a friend of the author was advised. In her first book of poetry, Maori scholar and poet Alice Te Punga Somerville does just that. In wit and anger, sadness and aroha, she reflects on ‘how to write while colonised’ – how to write in English as a Maori writer; how to trace links between Aotearoa and wider Pacific, Indigenous and colonial worlds; how to be the only Maori person in a workplace; and how – and why – to do the mahi anyway.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 88
Imprint: Auckland University Press
Publication date: 08/09/2022

ISBN: 9781869409760 Category: