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Do Not Lament (Song of the Axe)

Artist creator: Monica Oppen
Categories: Bookwork / Intaglio Print Books, Offset Books, Printmakers' Books, Small Press Books

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Reference no.:L/Opp.M/18.00/OOS Place/Shelf:1BR

Book title: Do Not Lament (Song of the Axe)
Published by: Ant Press
Year made: 2018
Place made: Australia
Original: Yes
Dimensions: 455 x 330
Binder: bound by M Oppen
Physical description: drum leaf binding in clam shell box
Medium: poems, illustrations
Further information:
"Reading ‘The Road to Botany Bay’ by Paul Carter I came across an extract from a poem, ‘The Song of the Axe’ by Marie Pitt. I sought out the full poem and was impressed by the joy Pitt expressed in chopping down trees and clearing the land! A key concept in the poem is the link between culture and cultivation– clearing awakens the slumbering land, which then can be cultivated and from the timber cities can be built. Implied is with the cities comes culture. Since 1925, when the poem was published in Melbourne, extreme land clearing has been recognised by ecologists as an environmental disaster. Yet broad scale clearing continues." Monica Oppen
This copy is out of sequence and lacks the fold out.

Artist creator: Monica Oppen

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