Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collections of poetry little bit long time and Kami (2010) both quickly sold out their first print runs. Her verse novel His Father’s Eyes was published by OUP in 2011. Her second verse novel Ruby Moonlight won the inaugural kuril dhagun National Manuscript Editing Award and the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry and Book of the Year Award. In 2017, Ali won the Windham-Campbell prize, worth AUD$215,000.
96 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published July 2015 ISBN 9781922146885
In her memoir Too Afraid to Cry, published in 2013, Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann related how she had been tricked away from her mother as a baby, repeating the trauma her mother had suffered when she was taken from her grandmother many years before. Eckermann in turn had to give her own child up for adoption. In her new poetry collection, Inside My Mother, she explores the distance between the generations created by such experiences, felt as an interminable void in its darkest aspects, marked by sadness, withdrawal, yearning and mistrust, but in other ways a magical place ‘beyond the imagination’, lit by dreams and visions of startling intensity, populated by symbolic presences and scenes of ritual and commemoration, chief amongst them the separation and reunion of mother and child. Though the emotions are strong, they are expressed simply and with a sense of significance in nature which reminds one of the poetry of Oodgero Noonuccal, whose successor Eckermann is.
Ali Cobby Eckermann interviewed about Inside my Mother by The Red Room Company, 2017. (Part 1 of 2)
Ali Cobby Eckermann interviewed about Inside my Mother by The Red Room Company, 2017. (Part 2 of 2). More videos of Eckermann reading and discussing poems from Inside my Mother are available on the Red Room Poetry website.
Ali Cobby Eckermann speaks about experiences that have shaped her life and work, and reads her poem ‘Circles and Squares’.