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Didi
Sep 5 2017, 06:19 PM
One outside chance for this prize who is starting to get recognised both locally and at the international level:

Yankunytjatjara / Kokatha kunga Ali Cobby Eckermann

It would be a great cause for celebration if an Australian aboriginal woman won the prize. Through poetry she confronts history with force.

Hmm, interesting suggestion. I would have thought she doesn't have the body of work to be considered over the likes of Les Murray or Gerald Murnane if they're thinking Australian. She did win the American-based Windham-Campbell Prize earlier this year. And that was won last year by Helen Garner, who could probably be considered a reasonable candidate for the Nobel.

I saw Eckermann talk at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne last year(?) and she read some of her poems, which certainly do have force. But the editors of Contemporary Australian Poetry, a big collection which came out earlier this year, only included a couple of her poems when other poets got five or six.

Would Alexis Wright be considered a more likely candidate for an Aboriginal woman, having won the Miles Franklin? I actually couldn't finish The Swan Book, so I'm not a big fan of hers...

Or for an Aboriginal man, Kim Scott, as a two-time winner of the Miles Franklin?

If we hope over the ditch, then the Maori writer Patricia Grace has the longer career and much bigger body of work than either Eckermann or Wright...
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