Dimitra Harvey: Speaking Poetics, Violence and Racial Oppression

Dimitra Harvey is by no means a conservative poet. Using verse to unpick issues surrounding the effects of dispossession, the moral dilemma of life after settlement as faced by second, third, fourth generation colonists, entrenched racism and repressed cultural guilt, Dimitra’s work has caused quite a stir in literary journals Metabolism and A Nest of Bunyips.

Having begun her academic life in performance and completing it with a  Master of Letters in Creative Writing, Dimitra says the dynamic interplay between crafting the sound of language with the creation of imagery is central to her practice. She believes that the spoken word is just as important as the written word and, in that sense, poetry is an all-sensory experience in itself.

Dimitra’s work explores the relationship between violence and colonisation, as well as themes of racial oppression, violence and human behaviour  through a series of short and sharp, image infused poetic versus that capture an atmosphere reserved only for the imagination. Woven into such pieces are rich, dark themes of displacement that the reader can easily relate to through the simple, yet descriptive use of subject and the English language.

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