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Judith Wright
Judith Arundell Wright (31 May 1915—26 June 2000) was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights. Judith Wright was born in Armidale, New South Wales, the eldest child of Phillip Wright and his first wife Ethel, but spent most of her formative years in Brisbane and Sydney.[2] After the early death of her mother she lived with her aunt and then boarded at New England Girls School after her father's remarriage in 1929. After graduating Wright studied philosophy and history at the University of Sydney.[3][2] At the beginning of World War II she returned to her father's station to help during the shortage of labour caused by conscription. It is possibly during this period that she developed her attachment to the land and its people which would inform her work throughout her life. Wright's first book of poetry, The Moving Image, was published soon afterwards in 1946 while she was working at the University of Queensland as a research officer. At this time she also worked with Clem Christesen on the literary magazine Meanjin.[3] In 1950 she moved to Mount Tamborine, in Queensland, with the novelist and philosopher Jack McKinney, their daughter Meredith was born in the same year. They married in 1962, although he was only to live until 1966. Later in life, she moved to the NSW town of Braidwood.

woman to man
The eyeless labourer in the night,
the selfless, shapeless seed I hold,
builds for its res... [read poem]
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