#Poetry Nganajungu Yagu
- Title: Nganajungu Yagu
- Author: Charmaine Papertalk Green
- Genre: poems, letters
- Bingo card: WA
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- Trivia: Winner 2020 The Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal
- Trivia: Winner 2020 Victorian Premier’s Awards
- Trivia: Shortlist 2020 Queensland Literary Awards
- This book took me to a place that felt so safe.
- It took me back to my mother….
- …and how it felt leaving her at 20 years old to start my life
- …in a new country.
- Ms Green also left her family, her mother to attend boarding school.
- It brought back the feeling guilt
- …which I still carry not being with her in her last years.
- It reminded me that my mother knew I had to lead my own life
- …and pushed me to a new future
- …and I am grateful she did.
- We kept in contact through letters (pre-internet/email).
- …and one or two international phone calls ( 1970s = expensive!!)
- I feel so lucky to have those letters.
- …just as Charmaine Papertalk Green explains
- in her book Nganajungu Yagu ( My Mother)
- …how she cherishes her letters
- …and save them in her RJS (suitcase).
- Ms Papertalk Green reached out to me
- …and we shared the same thoughts.
- I hold a letter with my mothers handwriting and think…
- She wrote these words, sentences
- and sealed it always with the words
- …Love and kisses, Mother.
- My mother gave me the courage to persevere
- through the first 10 years in a new country
- …with a new language to learn.
- I endured and sat on the tip of each day
- … watching the hours tick over the west
- …and come up in the east
- …and eventually the homesickness did subside.
- Sadly my mother has passed away….
- …but I still hold her letters and talk to her.
- I feel just like Charmine Papertalk Green
…so close yet so far away.
- Score: A+++++++
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That’s exactly why we read poetry I think, Nancy. It’s a connection that opens up something in our own lives. How lovely, that you’ve been reminded of happy memories.
I think this is the best way to review a poem….reveal how if has affected you.