“How Far We’ve Come” is a poem that was commissioned for the Blue Mountains Crossings Bicentenary. It was written and is performed by Gregory North, a Blue Mountains bush poet and entertainer who has a long list of awards and achievements, including equal 1st in the Winner of the Australian Poetry Slam NSW State Final.
The poem begins :
The Three Explorers’ crossing is a dinkum Aussie yarn.
The kind that comes right after that laconic, “Air ya garn?”
A case of Chinese whispers that our nation glorifies.
Mark Twain said that our history reads like beautiful fresh lies.
Click here for the full text of this poem and to hear Gregory read it.
You can listen to more from Gregory North on Listeners in the Mist, the Library’s podcast site.