Aboriginal poems

Browse contemporary Aboriginal poems, an art not often found in mainstream media.

Contemporary Aboriginal poems

Contemporary Aboriginal poetry is an important part of Aboriginal art. Many poems express how Aboriginal people feel today and their poems are about the challenges that they share with non-Indigenous people but also about problems specific to their lives.

The Aboriginal-owned Koori Mail newspaper regularly publishes poems written by Aboriginal people.

Call for poetry!

Do you write poetry? Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent?
I’d love to publish your writing.

Contact me and send me your poem.
Maybe someone discovers your talent just like Dan’s (see box below) or Coralie’s poem ‘No Disgrace’ which was published in an Australian school textbook.

Read Aboriginal poems

Congratulations, Dan!

The UK-based Commonwealth Education Trust (CET) chose Dan Davis’ poem Mookari to represent Australia in its 125th anniversary anthology. One poem or story is chosen from each country of the Commonwealth.

The CET found his poem after it was published here on this website.

Congratulations, Dan!

Dan with his published poem. Dan with his published poem. Photo used with kind permission.

Non-Aboriginal poems

I am receiving a growing number of poems by non-Aboriginal writers who respond to the Aboriginal poems published on

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Aboriginal culture - Arts - Aboriginal poems, retrieved 30 May 2016