Jas H Duke (1939-1992) : An Anarchist Poet
From the Australian poetry zine ‘Going Down Swinging’, No.13, March 1993.
Track 4: Interview with Bill Marshall for 3PBS-FM radio (197?). Answering the Telephone. The Morning of a Bullshit Artist. Shit Poem (all from 3PBS-FM recording 197?). Bruno’s Injury. My Brother at the Dole Office. Noisy Incident. The Future of Richmond (Collective Effort recordings).
Jas died of a heart attack on June 19, 1992.
As he was being wheeled into surgery, Thalia (a Melbourne poet) who went to visit him, told the nurses to take care of him “‘cos he was one of Australia’s greatest poets.” They laughed, and asked him to recite a poem. Though in a lot of pain, he sat up and recited ‘Solidarity Explained’:
When the axe first came into the forest
The trees said to each other
The handle is one of us.
SEEING THE ELEPHANT Trailer
A multi-plot, multi-lingual drama, produced by Billy Marshall Stoneking & Amin Palangi. Written by Billy Marshall Stoneking
The writer is a character, the audience is a character, the tribe or tribes from whence the story and the writer has sprung are characters, the characters are characters… so who’s writing it? It’s characters all the way down.
Billy Marshall Stoneking
True story. Occurred in 1981 during a protracted visit to Papunya Aboriginal Settlement in the Northern Territory by poets Gary Snyder and Nanao Sakaki. READ MORE ABOUT THE VISIT