Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Roaring Days

DiVerse have written and performed their poems for the exhibition The Greatest Wonder of the World at the State Library of NSW. 13th and 20th of April 2013.

 "Days of Gold...when finds of wondrous treasure...set all the South ablaze."    − Henry Lawson
Lawson documented the roaring days partly from his experiences as a boy, at a time when the Holtermann photographic plates were being created. In fact, a portrait of his mother, Louisa, appears among them. Through his poetry, he explored human experiences in the settlement and expansion of inland NSW and elsewhere. This tradition of earlier Australian poetry is thus linked with our contemporary practice of ekphrasis, written in response to the Holtermann Collection of photographs.