Southerly 67.3

China China

Focussed about a fascinating miscellany of Australian/Chinese literary relations, this issue contains such gems, wrangles and enter­tain­ments as a set of hitherto unpublished letters from Ezra Pound to ANU’s once Sinologist and now famous Mongolist Igor de Rachewiltz, an “accidental” forum on a notorious poem of Ouyang Yu, Andrew Burke on living in “the filthiest city in the world”, Zijie Pan on Alex Miller’s The Ancestor Game, and some stunning meditations by such major contemporary Chinese writers as Yu Jian and Bei Ling. It also contains an account of Kevin Bannon’s conversations with Pablo Neruda, a reprint of Frank Moorhouse’s first published story from a 1957 issue, plus Southerly’s usual menu of the best in new Australian writing, from Kevin Hart, Judith Beveridge, Michelle Bakar, Fiona McGregor, Kate Lilley and many others, and a moving tribute to the magazine’s late co-editor Noel Rowe, himself an anthologist of Australian writing about China and South-east Asia.

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