Samuel Wagan Watson 
Author

Poems

Original

Übersetzung

the crooked men english

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a prelude english

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carefree english

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the dusk sessions english

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fire english

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untitled english

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when dogs gamble english

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valley man english

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itinerant blue english

3 a.m. escape english

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to poem

Samuel Wagan Watson 
Author

* 01.01.1972, Brisbane, Australia
lives in: , Australia

Samuel Wagan Watson was born in Brisbane in 1972, of Irish, German and Aboriginal (Bundjalung and Birri Gubba) ancestory. He has been a salesman, public relations officer, fraud investigator, graphic artist, labourer, law clerk, film industry technician and an actor. He is currently a project officer in the Strategic Policy and Research Unit of Arts Queensland.

Watson’s first collection, Of muse, meandering and midnight (1999) won the David Unaipon Award for Emerging Indigenous Writers. His subsequent collections are Itinerant Blues (2001) and Hotel Bone (2001). He is also co-author of the award-winning website blackfellas, whitefellas, wetlands, commissioned by the Brisbane City Council.

Watson describes his influences in writing as Nick Cave, Tom Waites, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski and the Australian poet Robert Adamson. The Aboriginal elements in his poetry take their place within contemporary, often urban, landscapes, marked by a dramatic or surrreal intensity, which suggests energies at play in them which are barely contained within their forms.

The imagery has a strong emblematic quality, and is marked by unexpected juxtapositions which combine the technological and the mythical, and virtual realities with those of the natural world. There is a strong social and political dimension to the poetry, implicit in many of the situations portrayed in the poems, in the treatment of personal memories, and in the identifications made with the poor, the itinerants, or the fugitive characters which feature in his work.

Publications
  • Of Muse, meandering and midnight

    Brisbon: University of Queensland Press, 1999

  • itinerant blues

    Brisbon: University of Queensland Press, 2001

  • Hotel bone

    Sydney: Vagabund Press, 2001

  • Smoke-Encrypted Whispers

    Brisbon: University of Queensland Press, 2005

Awards
  • 1999 David Unaipon Award for Emerging Indigenous Writers

  • 2005 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Book of the Year

  • 2005 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry