Book Launch: Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future)
'Once again Lionel Fogarty presents a collection of poems unique in the telling. From bar room brawls to constitutional referendums, past loves and hopes for the future, these new poems obliterate the landscape, holding the reader in a place of Aboriginal contemplation.’ – Ali Cobby Eckermann
Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future) is a new collection of experimental and political work by Aboriginal poet and writer, Lionel G. Fogarty. This important collection was launched last Friday evening by black&write! editor, Ellen van Neerven.
The launch was held ‘round a lit camp fire at the Talking Circle. A warm atmosphere of yarns and laughter filled the night by those who came out to support the work of one of our most prominent Aboriginal voices. The night opened with a beautiful corroboree performed by Uncle Lionel’s grandchildren in honour of this occasion; it was a celebration of culture and family and country.
Uncle Lionel recited his poems with energy and tenacity; a tender moment it was also, to witness two of his younger granddaughters read aloud his poetry. The launch of Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future) was a reflection of this Aboriginal poet and writer's deep passion and love for his people and country. ‘When I see my grandchildren out there dancing,’ he said, before the night came to an end, ‘I see my poems come to life.’
This poetry collection can be purchased at Vagabond Press: http://vagabondpress.net/