Festschrift: David Brooks

78.1 Southerly

This issue of Southerly pays tribute to David Brooks, who is retiring as editor after two decades’ stewardship. It includes poetry, fiction, essays and memoir that interweave readings of David’s work with accounts of the various literary communities that David has worked in over four decades from Canberra to North America, Perth, Slovenia, Sydney and now, Katoomba. Together, these pieces create a world of a very specific kind, one populated by words and word people and the currents between them in specific times and places. They also enable us to draw out recurrent themes and practices.

The issue is a tribute and a celebration of a creative literary life. We are reminded of the etymology of the word text, from weaving. The issue shows one remarkable textual practice that weaves through the literary page and daily life to community and culture, including this journal. The issue also includes unthemed work across all categories including reviews.

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Brook Emery: “as if / the moth”
John Watson: “An Apporach to Mallarme”
Michelle Cahill: “Acreage”
Philip Hammial: “Channeling”
John A. Scott: “THE ACHIEVE OF Hopkins & The Windhover”
Peter Boyle: “Post Howard”; “Notes for the Dreambook of Endings”
Christine Townend: “Road Kill”
Craig Powell: “The Foundation”
Simeon Kronenberg: “No Poem for Weeks Now”
Kevin Hart: “Two Hauntings”; “Mister Wolf”
Christopher Cyrill: “J’Ouverte”
Uli Krahn: “Postcards from Kings Cross, #22”
Andrew Burke: “Journal Poem July 2018”
David Brooks: “Sorting Things Out”; “Peace”
Andrew Taylor: “Nowhere”
Jason Grossman: “It’s the Story of the World in Black and White”
Bruce Beaver: “Ballad”


John Kinsella: “Letter to David Brooks”
Aashish Kaul: “Cappuccino”
Judith Beveridge: “The Poetry of David Brooks”
Vrasidas Karalis: “Letter to David Brooks from a Certain Greek Friend”
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson: “David Brooks on Animals”
Uli Krahn: “The Living, Breathing Text: Adorno, Animals and Language in The Umbrella Club”
M.G. Michael: “On the Reality of the Two Worlds of Being and the Reluctant Mystic”
Tim Curnow: “It Started with Alec Hope”
Michelle Hamadache: “The End of the Image: The Moth and the Cat in David Brooks’s ‘Grief’ and Virginia Woolf’s ‘The Death of the Moth'”


Michael Crane: “Assault and Battery”
David Brooks: “The Swineflower”
John Kinsella: “Lightning Memory”
Kim Hunt: “The Caravan at the End of the Earth”


David Brooks Interviewed by Andrew Burke


Anastasia Nicephor: of David Brooks, Derrida’s Breakfast
Jack Cameron Stanton: of Ryan O’Neill, The Drover’s Wives: 99 Reinterpretations
Kate Livett: of A. Marie Houser, ed. After Coetzee: An Anthology of Animal Fictions


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