Serena Thompson

Serena Thompson is a Mamu Waribarra woman from Far North Queensland, up on the tableland region and an emerging writer. She is currently studying Creative Writing in Naarm at the University of Melbourne and has only recently began writing poetry. She uses writing as an outlet for exhaustion in living in such a white world and so far away from her home and family. She finds that poetry is a way to subvert Western grammatical confines, often writing in broken sentences and using lingo or historically violent terms as a way to reclaim them. She finds this an effective way in decolonising my mind and the spaces that exist in, especially university.

Ode to my mother tongue

To the words that give me a way to convey my anger At people who have inflicted generational wounds To the words that give me the means to fight Against the system that made me speak them in the first …

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