Long Paddock for Southerly 78.3: Violence

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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.



The journal is available to purchase here.


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Julie Chevalier: portrait

Brenda Saunders: Bennelong

Anita Solak: Baba Biljana–Sharp Mind

Liam Ferney: Bomb Nostalgia

Rose Hunter: What is Costco?

Gareth Morgan: restaurateurs nightmare

Indigo Perry: The Party

Daniel Swain: Personal Essay

Iggy J Louis: What’s Pretty

Lucas Smith: Pleistocene Rewilding

Ian Gibbins: Home Maintenance

Nike Sulway: Strange Men


Brendan Ryan: The Killers

Indigo Perry: The Party

Mette Jakobsen: Words in Flight: Meditations on Writing and Otherness


Jordan de Visser: A Small Collection of Things in Reverse

Raelee Chapman: The Undercurrent

Ashley Synnott: Story of a Gumtree


Hannah Ianello: of Justine Ettler, Bohemia Beach

Elizabeth McMahon: Moreno Giovanonni, The Fireflies of Autumn: and other Tales of San Ginese

David Brooks: of Barbara Noske, Thumbing It: a hitchhiker’s ride to wisdom

John Kinsella: of Philip Neilsen, Wildlife of Berlin



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