Southerly 73.2


Just how innocent are our writing positions?

Are the words we write a life-giving or a life- taking tool? Does writing induce action or take the place of it? What are the moral responsibilities of the writer? From the ‘animal turn’ in the writings of Blanchot and Heidegger to the presentation of the controversial ‘B. Wongar’ as a key writer of the animal, several contributors to this issue have taken these and related questions into the arena of writing and the species barrier, to consider our shortcomings in the way in which we write about non-human animals, what we might do about these shortcomings, and just why it is that we must do it. Others examine the problems and potential of the “new lyric” in Australian poetry, the possibility that language is itself in some measure a mode of abjection, or the way contemporary critical theory desensitises us and makes us the unwitting servants of “saturation capitalism”. Stunning new poetry and short fiction, too, from some of the most established voices in Australian writing, and some of the newest.

Lies and deceptions under scrutiny – and the lyre in some masterful hands…




Stuart Cooke, [Revised] Thoughts as/on Cumulus
David Brooks, The Fallacies: Theory, Saturation Capitalism and the Animal
Emily Finlay, On the Value of Anthropomorphism
Meera Atkinson, Animal Poetics: Singing the Scorched Tongue
Susan Pyke, Bovinity
Claire Nashar, “as the new / gets newer”: rethinking the possibilities of a new Australian lyric
Maya Mulhall, Approaching Abject Language
Patrick Condliffe, Woman, Echidna, Man, Dingo: Bio-political Subjectivity and Ethics in the Animals of B. Wongar’s Fiction


Christine Townend, The Body on the Railway Line, Jaipur; The Dalai Lama’s Brother’s Dog
Pam Brown, A Second Ago
Beth Spencer, Carnage
Luke Beesley, Figures in Frame
Jason Grossman, Secret Agent
David Brooks, Silent Night
John Kinsella, Mouse Plague
Michael Farrell, A Lyrebird; Wider Questions of Social Life
Fiona Hile, The Gates of Headley Grange
Kevin Densley, The Wilful Murder of Constable Samuel Nelson by Johnny Dunn of Ben Hall’s Gang, Main Street, Collector, New South Wales, January 26, 1865
Phillip A. Ellis, Reading the Pacific at Night; On Poetry, but Not Other Arts
Stuart Cooke, When Are You Coming Back
Micaela Sahhar, 8 Asa Street
Tom Lee, Profundity
Richard Tipping, Writing on Electrons
Jean Astbury, Bird
Corey Wakeling, The Dog


Kim Hunt, Totaranui
Peter Dawncy, Those Lonely Hills
Francesca Sasnaitis, Pigeons, Patterns and the Quincunx
Mark Berriman, Animal Farm Redux (excerpts)
Moreno Giovannoni, The Percheron
R.W. Young, A Clear Conscience


John Watson on Les Wicks, Sea of Heartbreak
Mark O’Flynn on Philip Hammial, Detroit, and Jordie Albiston, The Book of Ethel
Gretchen Shirm on Evie Wyld, All the Birds, Singing
Michael Farrell on Randolph Stow, The Land’s Meaning: New Selected Poems, ed. John Kinsella
Kate Livett on Gillian Meares, Foal’s Bread, and Charlotte Wood, Animal People

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