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.

The 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.


Stuart Barnes: “DVO” & “Hidden Nature”
Julie Chevalier: “portrait
Brenda Saunders: “Bennelong
Liam Ferney: “Bomb Nostalgia
Rose Hunter: “what is Costco”
Gareth Morgan: “restaurateur’s nightmare
Daniel Swain: “Personal Essay
Iggy. J. Louis: “What’s Pretty
Lucas Smith: “Pleistocene Rewilding”
Ian Gibbins: “home maintenance
Nike Sulway: “strange men
Toby Fitch: “Lippy Mirrorball


Brendan Ryan: “The Killers” 
Indigo Perry: “The Party
Mette Jakobsen: “Words in Flight


Jordan de Visser: “A Small Collection of Things in Reverse
Raelee Chapman: “The Undercurrent
Ashleigh Synnott: “Story of a Gumtree


Hannah Ianniello: of Justine Ettler, Bohemia Beach
Elizabeth McMahon: of Moreno Giovannoni, 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