Matthew Clayfield asks if the coward punch is the ‘punch for our times’.
‘On the bench, a pair of scissors remains
open as if cutting through the air to the heart
of this silence…’
From the Meanjin archives, poetry by Emily Ballou first published in 1996.
‘Unfortunately Mr Carman credits the statement to an ‘Alfred Whitehead’, though which one of many famous Alfred Whiteheads he fails to tell us’ John Tranter responds to an essay by Luke Carman.
Melanie Basta talks to Tegan Bennett Daylight and Jennifer Down about whether or not women’s writing is actually ‘feminine’.
‘Miss Kerr did a charleston on the parquet floor. She slipped the pins from her bun and tossed out her auburn hair. I am wild, I carouse at my tea-time. I have taken a lover, she cried. Twice weekly he’s coming to see me.’
From the Meanjin archives, fiction by Gerald Windsor first published in 1974.
The way these decisions were made ranks as one of the worst pieces of bad administration I have seen in almost 40 years of working in this sector.
Last year I, like many others, fell in love with Helen Macdonald’s memoir H is for Hawk. In this book Macdonald details her relationship with Mabel the goshawk, ‘trainable’ to some extent, yet fundamentally elusive, indomitably and gloriously wild, while giving a parallel account of the tragic life of T. H. White, author of the 1938 Arthurian classic The Sword in the Stone.
Peggy Frew for the Meanjin ‘What I’m Reading’ Series.
‘The internet is laced with empty inspirational quotes, but […] Nitch provides readers with powerful snapshots of different perspectives throughout the day.’
This is the latest installment of a new series from Meanjin which showcases writing online. Alice Bishop shares three websites which provide small but touching bursts of inspiration and humanity.
‘I wonder if it is unusual for me to write about a book that I am reading, and re-reading, but I don’t exactly enjoy. The book is the graphic novel Are You My Mother? by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, about her relationship with her mother, her therapists, her writing and her girlfriends. I am fascinated by it, even fearful of it, but I couldn’t describe the effect on me as comfortable.’ Playwright Alana Valentine for Meanjin’s What I’m Reading series.
In the time of Donald Trump, imaginative literature of American fascism provides an important resource.