In literary terms, violence provides a readymade drama, an impetus for action and reaction, shock, emotion, transformation—from Milton’s War in Heaven to Modernist aesthetics of shock to the contemporary thriller.
Literature is also a site where violent experience is variously recorded, masked, performed and objectified. The work in this issue of Southerly is situated at the intersections where intense personal experience meets the force of pervasive operations including poverty, colonialism, gendered and racialised violence from the colonial period to the present.
This issue also includes a range of unthemed material and reviews as well as the shortlisted and winning poems from the David Harold Tribe Poetry Award.
Raelee Chapman: The Undercurrent
Mette Jakobsen: Words in Flight: Meditations on Writing and Otherness
Gareth Morgan: restaurateurs nightmare
Indigo Perry: The Party
Brendan Ryan: The Killers
Daniel Swain: Personal Essay
Stuart Barnes: DVO
Julie Chevalier: portrait
Liam Ferney: Bomb Nostalgia
Ian Gibbins: Home Maintenance
Rose Hunter: What is Costco?
Iggy J Louis: What’s Pretty
Brenda Saunders: Bennelong
Lucas Smith: Pleistocene Rewilding
Anita Solak: Baba Biljana–Sharp Mind
Nike Sulway: Strange Men
David Brooks: Riding to Wisdom – Barbara Noske, Thumbing It: a hitchhiker’s ride to wisdom
Hannah Ianello: Justine Ettler, Bohemia Beach
John Kinsella: Philip Neilsen, Wildlife of Berlin
Elizabeth McMahon: Moreno Giovanonni, The Fireflies of Autumn: and other Tales of San Ginese
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