Department of English Seminar: Dashiell Moore
Department of English seminar: Dashiell Moore: Poetic Encounters in a Global South
Australia and the Caribbean both bear the legacies of an ongoing colonial history where ‘First Encounters’ provided the philosophical and scientific basis for the arrival of European modernity. In this paper, I shall seek to attempt to reprise the encounter from this frame by placing it in a contemporary decolonial context. The encounter, when viewed from a bio-cultural perspective, represents a molecular expression of social interactions fundamental to the development of the self and to our construction of worlds. The texts I focus on here are taken from Martinique writer, Édouard Glissant, specifically his later work Poetics of Relation (1997), originally published as Poetique de la Relation in 1991, and from Yankunytjatjara and Kokatha poet Ally Cobby Eckermann and her poem “At Knowth” written while she acted as an Australian Poetry Ambassador. When Glissant radically suggests that “the entire world is becoming an archipelago” in Traite du Tout-Monde (1997), Eckermann answers by cautiously poeticizing a geo-aesthetic commons built upon a politics of specificity, whereupon she questions: “did they share Songlines from my country/on their return beyond to you?” (2013). Put simply, Glissant and Eckermann suggest that to write of the world from a colonized literary heritage asks an impossible balance between specificity and relation that we must be mindful of.
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The University of Sydney