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Wagan Watsons poetry is often read as a representation of race and racial tensions, however, his texts are richer than this. Discuss the way in which you could read the poem/s for other representations. Possibilities include: childhood/matur

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Wagan Watson's poetry is often read as a representation of race and racial tensions, however, his texts are richer than this. Discuss the way in which you could read the poem/s for other representations. Possibilities include: childhood/maturation, teenagers, Australia, Identity, Nature and Suburbia. Samuel Wagan Watson's poetry can be described as extremely complex through both the way in which he expresses his ideas and the representations and symbols he creates from this writing. Through this, particularly in the writing of his anthology, Smoke Encrypted Whispers, Wagan Watson conveys ideas such as that of race and racial tensions, maturation, teenager-hood, Australia and Australian identity, and nature and its importance - however, one idea that standAs out is his strong, negative opinion of the city and its opportunities exhausting country towns and destroying the small societies created there. Two of his poems published in Smoke Encrypted Whispers, 'Night Racing' and 'Cold Storage' can be read to reflect these ideals and challenge the new-found importance of the city. Therefore, Wagan Watson's 'Cold Storage' can be read in conjunction with his poem 'Night Racing,' along with other poems in his anthology, to demonstrate specific ideas about the city's takeover of the country and more traditional lifestyles, such as the idea that the city and its industries, which act as incentives due to increasing opportunities, is the cause for the destroying country towns. ...read more.


For example, 'the spirits are being sucked away into this gas-pipeline' can be read to demonstrate ideas of the souls of future generations that are falling into the trap of industrialization, forgetting what Wagan Watson sees that is really important, such as the land and its association with spirits. The word 'spirits' can be used to indicate different types of spirits, such as oil spirits (which are used in the production process of consumer goods), the spirits of souls, and Aboriginal spirits, such as that of the land, which are now being drained to make material items used in the 'gas-pipeline' which are then sold to make profits because of the new industrialization. This could demonstrate possible ideas about how what used to be sacred Aboriginal land is being destroyed by the city and its associated industries for the production of what Watson sees unimportant, material goods, due to the new-found importance of the city. In addition to this, further references can be made in 'Cold Storage' to this message through 'a rainbow-serpent dormant on cryogenic dreams.' Wagan Watson makes reference to the 'rainbow-serpent,' which, through research, is the basis of many Aboriginal dreamtime stories, which mainly relate to the land. ...read more.


This, in turn, can be linked to express the ideology that the city's affect on both the community and the land is greater than the benefits of industrialization, thus reinforcing the negation of the city. Smoke Encrypted Whispers, as a collective text, can be seen to produce ideas about the tensions between the city, including its suburban state, and the average country town, specifically through the writings of 'Cold Storage' and 'Night Racing.' Through his use of specific, thought-provoking phrases and various poetic techniques (such as repetition), Wagan Watson's poetry can be read to create negative links to the city and the related concepts of industrialization and suburbia, and has been able to actively convey the city's filth, as both an industrial state and its taking away of something so pure, such as country towns, among other ideas. Despite the limitations of being of a non-indigenous background and therefore not being able to fully comprehend the complex mixture of emotions and messages evoked through Wagan Watson's writing, my reading of this, as a suburb-dweller, his works make me reflect upon my own understanding of my surroundings and the reasons behind the over-crowdedness of the city, creating new ideas about the cities I have grown up in and enhancing my perspective of the city environment. Word count: 1557 ?? ?? ?? ?? CALLISTA GOH ENGLISH LITERATURE 1/11/11 ...read more.

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