Lipstick and Land Rights: matriarchal sovereign history and the cyber frontier

I am a Wiradjuri/Gomeroi poet and podcaster living on Gadigal Nura and often responding to the gentrification of my Redfern/Waterloo Community. I don't get to speak about my practice much and I write about it less, preferring to use my body and spoken word as presence and expression. For the past decade, I’ve signed off as Yilinhi, a word that means war in my father’s language. I did this after someone told me my poetry was like a punch in the gut, and I wanted to get better at piercing hearts and minds. I call myself a spoken word poet, but I am so much more. What I do speaks to something ancient and immeasurable in colonial ideas of time. It speaks to and harnesses our ancient sound technology.

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