Southerly 77.3

Mixed Messages



The theme of this issue, Mixed Messages, relates in the main to a thread running through the essays, all of which engage with texts that challenge the limits of genre. These challenges include the status and influence of what might be termed a secondary genre deployed by writers whose renown is based on another form: Brigitta Olubas considers the short fiction of novelist Shirley Hazzard; and Cheryl Taylor introduces the poetry of novelist Thea Astley. Kate Livett delves into the mixed media, specifically music and photography, at the core of Helen Garner’s The Children’s Bach, and Peter Kirkpatrick examines the fusion of Gothic and Romance forms in Chloe Hooper’s The Engagement, and David Brooks thinks through the miscenegy of the human and the non-human in relation to the famous scene of Derrida standing naked before his cat. Another strand in the issue is of comedy and errors and includes fiction by Debra Adelaide, John Kinsella, Mark Macrossan, Sara Bucholz, Nasrin Mahoutchi, Niki Tulk and Scott McCulloch. The poetry spans its usual wide range from the lyric to graphic experimentation and the reviews introduce some of the exciting new work published across creative and critical forms.









Lara Egger: “The Flightless Birds”
Siobhan Hodge: “Whale Shark Sky”
Toby Fitch: “Deep Cut of The Waste Land, or an Alternative to ‘Death by Water'”
Kevin Hart: “Rain” and “New Uz”
Iain Britton: Excerpt from “The Vignettes”
Sarah Penwarden: “Her Haiku”
S.K. Kelen: “Hong Kong” and “More Words: Uses for a Father”
Stuart Barnes: “Ghazal for Tina” and Excerpt from “Binary Tree Poems”
Hazel Smith: “Democracy for Dummies”
Matt Rolfe: “Gambril”
Peter Boyle: Excerpts from Enfolded in the Wings of a Great Darkness
Kevin Densley: “Ned Kelly’s Last Hours”
Siobhan Hodge: “Thylacine”
Patrick Jones: “100 Years”
John Kinsella: “Graphology Soulaplexus 36: loss”
Shey Marque: “Foal Watch” and “Flare-Ups and Diminishings”
M.G. Michael: “From Paphos on a Showery Morning”




Debra Adelaide: “Festive Cooking for the Whole Family”
Sarah Bucholz: “Breakfast”
Nasrin Mahoutchi: “Fresh Food People”
John Kinsella: “Roaming the Campsite”
Niki Tulk: “For Isobel Rose”
Scott McCulloch: “Glass Masks”
Mark Macrossan: “The Observer”




Brigitta Olubas: “The Short Fiction of Shirley Hazzard”
“Poetic Fire”: An early essay by Thea Astley;
Cheryl Taylor: “‘I Really Wanted to Write Novels that Are Poems’: The Multiple Effects of Poetry in Thea Astley’s Fiction”
Kate Livett: “Ekphrastic Effects in Helen Garner’s The Children’s Bach
Peter Kirkpatrick: “‘Dear Nightmare’: Chloe Hooper’s The Engagement as Gothic Romance”
David Brooks: “Seven Gazes”




Ben Eldridge: Of Shaun Prescott, The Town
Mark Hewson: Of Robert Boncardo and Christian R. Gelder, eds, Mallarmé: Rancière, Milner, Badiou
Geoff Page: Of Sarah Rice, Fingertip of the Tongue and Adam Aitken, Archipelago
Jeanette Hoorn: Of Darren Jorgensen and Ian McLean, eds, Indigenous Archives: The Making and Unmaking of Aboriginal Art



COVER: Jon Campbell: Hair of the Dog, 2017, enamel paint, cottonduck, 150x150 cm (detail)
Courtesy of Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

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