Southerly 74-2 cover (LoRez)

A country where ‘it’s ok to be a bigot’.
A country of refugees, refusing asylum.
A country violating human rights, ignoring the pleas of the United Nations.
A country ‘open for business’, with its trees, its coal, its uranium on the counter, its Reef and World Heritage areas on the line.

How are your dreams of Australia going?

Essays on the state of higher education, on ethnic minority, on the politics of fear; brilliant new work from major and emerging Australian writers; a troublesome feast of poetry, fiction, ideas and revelations, not all of them guaranteed to produce a good night’s sleep.




Jim Everett, Savage Nation: First Nations’ Philosophy and Sovereignty 27
Michelle Borzi, David Malouf, Earth Hour 80
Joshua Mostafa, Against Progress: Dreams, Nightmares, and the Meaning of Abbott 98
Hannah Forsyth, Dreaming of Higher Education 119
Michelle Cahill, The Colour of the Dream: Unmasking Whiteness 196


Rowena Lennox, Timor dreaming 14
Frank Moorhouse, I, initiation 43
Donna Ward, Orphan of our Nation’s History 174


Roberta Lowing, Democracy 13
Laurie Duggan, A short history of France; New York Notes 23
Maria Freij, A Natural Occurrence 25
Jill Jones, Our Epic Want 54
Mudrooroo Nyoongah, Wisps of Delightful Desire; Old Fella Poem 77
Alexis Lateef, The abandoned power station 96
Kevin Hart, February 115
Judith Rodriguez, SIEV X: A Survivor 117
Shevaun Cooley, let down at birth into the dark well and overflowing with it 143
John Kinsella, Earth’s Graveyard 145
Peter O’Mara, Gethsemane; `oo 156
Jal Nicholl, As if you had to go back 158
Ouyang Yu, Too much other lives 171
Marcelle Freiman, Aloe 173
Kevin Gillam, propped 181
J.H. Crone, Elegy to Giants 190
Duncan Hose, New England Clam Chowder 194
Heather Taylor Johnson, My Dog Tom 212
Marjon Mossammaparast, one fine year 213
M.G. Michael, Piata Romana, Bucharest 229


Cecilia Harris, All That is Left Behind 56
Moreno Giovannoni, The Fireflies of Autumn 147
Philomena van Rijswijk, The Boy Who Couldn’t See Colours 159
John Kinsella, Feeding the Dogs 183
Sian Ellett, Chopin & Friedric 215


a.j. carruthers on Kent MacCarter, Sputnik’s Cousin: New poems 230
Liam Ferney on David Prater, Leaves of Glass 234
John Jenkins on Javant Biarujia, Resinations 238
Laura Joseph on Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda 244
Martin Langford on John Mateer, Unbelievers, or ‘The Moor’ 251


And in the Long Paddock…



Louise Crisp, Guthega
Adele Dumont, No Man is an Island


Kevin Hart, Father
Alexis Lateef, The Horses
Greg MacLaren, Windfall
Mudrooroo Nyoongah, A Long Embrace
Duncan Richardson, Tactical Cash
Judith Rodriguez, S.S.Tobruk: Senior Naval Officer
Olga Pavlinova Olenich, Disappointment


Terry Barca, Breathe in the Light and Say Goodbye
Max Lomas, A Parable of the Talents
Teja B. Pribac, Bob, Nando, Pat, Alice and Other Species


Christopher Cyrill, of Aashish Kaul, A Dream of Horses and Other Stories
Geoff Page, of Mark Tredinnick, Bluewren Cantos, and Michael Crane, Postcards from the End of the World: A Michael Crane Sampler of Poetry and Prose


Photo credit: Rowena Lennox


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