Title: Inside My Mother
Author: ECKERMANN ALI COBBY
Publication date: 01/07/2015
Imprint: GIRAMONDO PUBLISHING COMP
Publishing status: Active
…an outstanding achievement that will, with its skill and elegance, deeply enrich Australian poetry and whoever reads it. Judges citation, 2013 NSW Premiers Literary Award for Poetry
Ali Cobby Eckermann, a Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha poet, is at the forefront of Australian Indigenous poetry. Inside My Mother is both a political and personal collection, angry and tender, propelled by the need to remember yet brimming with energy and vitality qualities that distinguished her previous, prize-winning verse novel, Ruby Moonlight. Tributes to country, to her elders, and to the animals and spirits that inhabit the landscape, coupled with the rhythms of mourning and celebration that pulse through the poems, make this a moving and personal collection. Grief is deeply felt and vividly portrayed in poems such as Inside My Mother and Lament. There is defiance and protest in Clapsticks and I Tell You True. In the final section there is a marked generational shift as the elders begin to pass away and the poet as grandmother comes to accept her rightful place as matriarch.