Poetry as Means of Dialogue in Court Spaces

John Kinsella

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Poetry can be extremely inclusive, and a court house with poetry literally on the walls (and as part of the walls) or displayed in other ways (sound sculptures, free standing pieces), and certainly as a poetics of architecture (we might use Bachelard's 'poetics of space' as one of many points of departure here) is one that welcomes people to dialogue, and also reflect (and inflect) internally. On a more approachable level, poems might be tiled into walls, stained or marked into or onto glass, be encased in a transparent medium, shaped as free-standing sculptures, held as recordings activated by panel, pressure pad, switch, or even voice. Theres a poem by Nyoongah poet, Lloyd Riley, entitled 'Supreme Court Gardens', that encapsulates a lot of the contradictions between the loss of one law and its usurpation by another, the occupation/colonisation of physical space, and the codes of the land being covered and substituted by new codes (urban gardens).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-114
JournalCultural Studies Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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