Poetry as Means of Dialogue in Court Spaces

John Kinsella

Abstract


This article reflects on the use of poetry as means of dialogue in a court setting in Australia. It mentions the different approaches in which poetry might be introduced in court spaces. The author also explores the advantages of recognizing the works of Australian poets to the reconciliation process in Australia between indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The article includes several of the author's own protest poems.

Keywords


poetry; justice; court spaces; politics; court; Australia; reconciliation; Indigenous; non-Indigenous

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References


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GREY, T. C. 1992. The Wallace Stevens Case: Law and the Practice of Poetry, Cambridge, Harvard University Press.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/csr.v13i2.2131