Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers: First Nations Classics (with an introduction by Tony Birch)

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Now included in UQP's First Nations Classics series with an introduction from Tony Birch, Smoke Encrypted Whispers is a stunning collection of exhilarating poems, urban songlines and ancestral ties that have become the hallmarks of this poet.

Smoke Encrypted Whispers showcases Samuel Wagan Watson’s imaginative brilliance and exceptional poetic skills. In this book, which also includes work from three previous collections, his poems pulse with the language and images of a mangrove-lined river city, the beckoning highway, the just-glimpsed muse, the tug of childhood and restless ancestors. Wagan Watson’s poetry is the work of an artist who speaks to a sense of our common humanity, and to a communal attachment to place. Reading this book is, as Tony Birch points out, ‘like witnessing Bruce Springsteen meet the Dreamtime’.

Author: Samuel Wagan Watson

Paperback Published 4 June 2024 192 pages 

His work is sharp, urban [and] brilliant.The Age

‘Watson's writing is fast-paced, with multiple interconnections and restless perceptions, drawn from life on the road.’ ABC Radio National


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