It is quite interesting, to the writer of this blog (Weekly Lit. Journal #1), that ‘Rockface’, by Judith Wright, was written as relatively recently in Australian history, as 1985. One had assumed by that time/period in Australia’s history, the nation was already well-established, in terms of altering landscapes and desecrating the nature that was already indigenously there! Admittedly, one would have to read, or view ‘Rockface’, in context to entirely of ‘The Shadow of Fire: Ghazals’, and fairly much how this specific poem (ghazal?) relates to the content of all other entries.
Ms Wright appeared to be a lover, of the natural environment, and conservationist; and an all-round social activist. Therefore, one can see that she would have taken a somewhat anti-capitalist stance, in being against the exploitation of Australia’s natural resources and therefore against the previously mentioned desecration of the natural environment.
Actually, as it such somewhat recent in this land’s history of things; one would find it comparable to the modern-day altering of Sydney’s landscape (to bring it closer to home and something more familiar, with writer of Jounrnal). For instance, am somewhat intrigued by the transformation of Miller’s Point, over (or after) roughly 227 years of European settlement – taking into account all waves of migration and not merely the British colonisers.
From what started out as a very primitive, almost non-descript, utilitarian landscape (flat stones found at Dawes Point on the harbour foreshore in The Rocks were used for roasting whole fish – from ‘Pre-European Arrival’; from website ‘The Rocks’ [sub-titled with almost pertinent slogan “Made by Many Hands”]) – nearly all of the entirety of The Rocks precinct, together with neighbouring surrounds, Miller’s Point and Barangaroo, have been ‘chiseled’ by groups and individuals with the capital to do so, into a potentially world-class recreational area, for those with the financial means to buy into this type of modern, high-tech, glitzy spot it aims to inevitably become.
Finally, one would just want to include a short film (if one can) of the altering of The Rocks area and just Australia, as a whole – into something completely different to what it was. Writer assumes, the film-maker sarcastically questioned, as to why stop there – when we go on ever-increasing additions to the Harbour, merely to make that so much more convenient to live in:
‘Tomorrow Miller’s Point’, by Alberte’ (?). At approximately 54 seconds, into entire collection of short films.