Southerly 73.1

The Political Imagination

At the core of this issue of Southerly – its first section – is a collection of essays originating in papers delivered at The Political Imagination: Contemporary Diasporic and Postcolonial Poetries, a conference held at the City Campus of Deakin University on 12th and 13th April 2012. This collection has been edited for us by Ann Vickery and Ali Alizadeh, of Deakin and Monash Universities respectively, and is presented to our readers in the clear sense that it reflects a significant development in literary criticism, poetics, and literary theory.

In the rest of the issue we present, with thanks to Alan Gold and Kate Lilley, our fiction and poetry editors, Southerly’s usual selection of the best of new Australian poetry and short fiction, from established authors as well as from writers relatively new to the scene, and a generous selection of reviews of recent Australian poetry and fiction, edited for us by Toby Fitch and Kate Livett, our reviews editors. These selections are extended in The Long Paddock, our free to the public online component. The Long Paddock has become a more and more integral part of each issue of Southerly. Please make sure that you peruse it!

Now and again, for all the best of our editorial efforts and intentions, a gremlin will strike. It has been brought to our notice that “And I wanted to be”, a poem by Kerry Reed-Gilbert on page 177 of our issue A Handful of Sand, guest edited by Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty, was misattributed to Trevor Deshung. We apologise to both Kerry and Trevor for this error. I would hope that it goes without question that we take all the care we can to represent out contributors faithfully, poets, fiction writers, essayists and reviewers alike (whether or not we agree with all that they say!).

David Brooks




Ann Vickery and Ali Alizadeh, The Political Imagination: Postcolonialism and Diaspora in Contemporary Australian Poetry
Lucy Van, “Why Waste Lines on Achille?”: Tracing the Critical Discourse on Postcolonial Poetry through Untimeliness to the Present
Lyn McCredden, (Un)Belonging in Australia: Poetry and Nation
Ali Alizadeh and Penelope Pitt-Alizadeh, Metapolitics vs. Identity Politics: (Re-)Radicalising the Postcolonial 57
Timothy Yu, On Asian Australian Poetry
Ania Walwicz, Cut Tongue and the Mechanism of Defence
Danijela Kambaskovic, Breaching the social contract: the migrant poet and the politics of being apolitical
Adam Aitken, A poetics of (un)becoming hybridity
Michael Farrell, An “Infinitely Flexible” Space: Reading Michael Dransfield’s “Courland Penders” poems through the Neobaroque and Dobrez’s theory of “the Pouch”
Peter Minter, Archipelagos of sense: thinking about a decolonised Australian poetics


Peter Boyle, Towns in the Great Desert
Danijela Kambaskovic, Belgrade Sunday Lunch
Luke Fischer, Tübingen
Louise Crisp, Washout–Briar–Gulch
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Adrienne Eberhard, Chasing Marie Antoinette All Over Paris
Liam Ferney, I Live Off You
Matthew Spence, In Collection
Vaughan Rapatahana, Home in j. pineda
Geoff Page, Horseback
John Tranter, Nitrile


Angela Rojter, A Small Piece of White Cloud
Stephen Orr, Extract from An Australian Wake
Rachel Leary, God’s Lost Sheep
Jeremy Fisher, Ready to dance
Louise D’Arcy, The Spiny Freshwater Crayfish


Jal Nicholl on Michael Farrell, open sesame and Jennifer Maiden, Liquid Nitrogen
Tim Grey on Michael Brennan, Autoethnographic
Marilla North on David Brooks, The Conversation
Nicola Themistes on Keri Glastonbury, grit salute and Jill Jones, Ash is Here, So are Stars
Kate Livett on Marion May Campbell, konkretion
Sam Franzway on Vikki Wakefield, Friday Brown
Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau on Jacqueline Wright, Red Dirt Talking



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