Cockatoos in the Mangroves

A Poetry Collection

by Vanessa S. Lee-AhMat



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 29/09/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781664100664
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Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
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Page Count : 108
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About the Book

There is a great need for poetry in this world. Words twisted together can let the imagination travel through time and place and connects you with a sense of emotional expression and understanding - like all forms of Art. In “Cockatoos in the Mangroves”, Lee-AhMat an Aboriginal-Torres Strait Islander woman covers many of the social and life issues that affect Indigenous Australian. Sharing our knowledge comes with great responsibility, which is passed down from many generations before us. Kyra Kum-Sing, Curator, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, Australia.

With passion and raw honesty, Vanessa S. Lee-AhMat is unapologetic as she writes from a sense of knowing and doing perspective of being an Aboriginal-Torres Strait Islander woman in contemporary Australia. She courageously pens issues experienced by black Indigenous people such as racism and discrimination, lived humor, earthly connections, and environmental disruptions. Through poetry she takes the reader on a deep journey to the darker side of being human as reality is exposed and life is painted through a myriad of emotions.

“Cockatoos in the Mangroves” is confessional and at the same time artfully expressive debut collection of poetry that will leave a fiery footprint on your spirit.

About the Author

VANESSA LEE-AHMAT, an Indigenous Australian, lives on the land of the Gadigal people in Sydney, Australia. She is a poet, writer, social epidemiologist, suicide prevention advocate and a strong believer in social equality. In 2016, Vanessa became the first Indigenous female to graduate with a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at Griffith University, Queensland. She was the first Indigenous National vice-president for the Public Health Association of Australia, 2011 to 2015, where she advocated for more resources to be allocated towards preventative health. In 2017, Vanessa became the first independent director for Suicide Prevention Australia. Dr Lee-AhMat began writing poetry following the graduation of her PhD, and she offers no apology for her confessional style of poetry. In 2016, Vanessa was invited to present her poetry at the Sydney Writers Festival with other Indigenous Australian poets. Her poem “Warrior Cloak” (a piece about betrayal and resilience) was choregraphed into a seven-minute contemporary Aboriginal dance by choreographer Monica Stevens and performed at Carriage Works in Sydney, Australia. She was invited to contribute poems, in 2017, to the Australian Poetry Journal for their Australian Poetry Anthology series, SKIN; a series of high-level poems interpreting skin. Vanessa’s poem as “Black Women Do” was published as part of a book chapter on women’s resilience. Her poem “My Master”, a poem of courage and strength, has been played on National Indigenous radio and television; she was also invited to perform the poem as part of an interview on National ABC program `All in the Mind’- mental health and suicide prevention. In 2019, Vanessa was invited to read her short story “Compassion” at the opening of Aging Fiercely platform Story Room in preparation for a story telling podcast. She continues to perform and publish her confessional poetry across various media platforms.