Description - The Fox Petition by Jennifer Maiden
New poems by Australia's foremost political poet, written in response to the social
crises that confront us now.
Jennifer Maiden's new collection deals with xenophobia and the rejection of
otherness, whether immigrant or domestic. It takes as its emblem the fox,
representing our fear of the introduced and ill-reputed, but its title also refers to the
petition of the great Whig statesman, Charles James Fox, for the rights of all people,
including freedom of speech and habeas corpus. Fox himself is the subject of some of
the poems, while others focus on the crisis in Greece, Hillary Clinton and Eleanor
Roosevelt reflecting on poverty and human rights in Iowa, and the development of
Julie Bishop in relation to the vulnerability and sensibility engendered by politics and
crisis. There is a dialogue between Obama and Gandhi on the methods needed to
ensure political results, Kevin Rudd tries to explain Manus Island to Dietrich
Bonhoeffer, and Keith Murdoch and his son Rupert discuss their attempts at idealism
in the glass penthouse apartment of the latter.
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(250mm x 134mm x mm)
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