I end my night thinking
is there a hand
to drag the blanket over your shoulders?
~ Mastaneh Azarmeh, from Separation borders
Translated by Saba Vasefi
Writing from a new generation of women with experiences of detention in Australia.
In 2021, Writing in Resistance was founded, edited, and translated by journalist scholar and poet Dr Saba Vasefi. In collaboration with Red Room Poetry, the project published poems by young women with experience of living in Australia’s offshore processing regime on Nauru. Their poetry resists and documents the intersection of displacement and the detention system.
Writing in Resistance continues to foreground the importance of marginalised testimonies by featuring the poetic expressions of non-binaries and women with the experience of displacement or living in Australia’s offshore indefinite detention regime.
Their writing subverts invisible borders of exclusions to reveal multifaceted colonial dimensions of exilic life as well as the continuities of symbolic violence and structural oppression. To honour these voices, throughout 2022, Red Room Poetry be publishing a series of 10 poems aligned with significant days of international justice, peace, human rights, Refugee Week and elimination of violence against women.
Nauru Narratives - Writing in Resistance at the Art Gallery of NSW
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