Judith Wright Poems

Judith Wright was an Australian poet who is well-remembered for her activism. She wrote and worked for Aboriginal land rights and environmentalism. Wright was a recipient of the Australian National Living Treasure Award in 1998. Her collections include The Old Prison, Selected Poems, and The Two Fires.

Australia 1970

by Judith Wright

‘Australia 1970’ by Judith Wright speaks on the changing landscape of Australia in the 1970s. It promotes a version of Australia that is fierce, wild, and dangerous just like the animals that have always lived within its boundaries.

Die, wild country, like the eaglehawk,

dangerous till the last breath's gone,

clawing and striking. Die

cursing your captor through a raging eye.

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