My death is going to be like the Victoria’s Secret lingerie show except her secret is that she died still very hot My funeral is going to be a parade with my coffin a big black obelisk draped in cherry-blood pom-poms and people marching beside me with placards reading ‘I wish it had been me instead :(’ Sexy cheerleaders cartwheeling everywhere singing ‘Oh grilly you’re so pretty can’t you understand/I really want to DIE now that you’re already dead!’ If it wasn’t already taken by a copyrighted television show I’d call the perfect planning and execution of my death: […]
In 1814 Francesco Goya completed his painting Third of May 1808. Today it is housed in the Prado Museum in Madrid. It has come to be regarded as perhaps the first modernist work and was used by Picasso as inspiration for Guernica. It depicts a Spanish dissident at the moment of his execution by Napoleon’s army. Bodies lie at his feet and others await their fate nearby. His face depicts the emotion of his final moment and kneeling, he holds his hands up to the night sky. The soldiers point their guns at him as one, doing their ‘duty’ without […]
Around the time of the most recent spate of gendered violences reported in and around Melbourne in June, things started to feel…troubled. The sensation was familiar but difficult to place. Perhaps the word ‘sensation’ isn’t terribly precise; it wasn’t quite vivid or specific enough to be déjá vu, nor did it engage any of the corporeal modes of perception that so often trigger memory. It was just this…atmosphere. Over the last few weeks, as I’ve watched with a confusing mix of hope and horror as Dr Christine Blasey Ford attempted to bring US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to accountability […]
In The Australian Idea of a University, Glyn Davis leads us briefly through the development of the Australian university sector since the establishment of the University of Sydney in 1850. He describes the eventual establishment of similar institutions across the nation, all modelled upon the same Metropolitan University template: a city-based campus, focused on educating local students into the professions, tied to the life of the surrounding town. Davis outlines various attempted alterations to this model, that were initiated over the last ~ 150 years, but ultimately concludes that Australian universities remain effectively homogenous: method and content of offerings is […]
My faith is a remnant of empire. In 1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Cebu, put up a cross and claimed the Philippine islands for Spain. The cross and crown interlock. I grew up conditioned to think religion was a gift. That was certainly the early account from visiting Europeans, who marvelled at the civilising effects of Christianisation in the north and middle islands, in contrast to an intransigent Muslim south and the animistic highland tribes. Even today Filipinos express gratitude for the comforts of faith. In a country riven by poverty and corruption, what else is there to […]
When you step into the grey boat it bows to the applauding waves and nods to those retreating and then it settles on its stage, poised to break into another round of curtain calls as the wind from the south hurls petals of spray. There are clouds flexing high and grinding so much sleet out of the air—it sparks against your face and tries to fill the boat like a great bowl of water, to be drunk by the ever-thirsty sea. Your mother is wasting in her bed. Her skin is a poor, bedraggled blanket covering her body and her […]
Trauma is a strange bedfellow. In its company you binge on adrenaline and will anyone to have a go. Don’t push in front of me. Don’t mess with me. Go on, mess with me.
you won’t write what’s recorded in written history? and you believe you’ll only focus on things completely forgotten? yeh, I suppose a thread of sun, hang ing on an eyelash a word that came out of a rice-filled mouth all the drops of rain that rushed into the ear in that, forgotten, instant everything born the second they die Ouyang Yu writes in English and Chinese and to date has published 100 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, literary criticism and literary translation in both languages. His website is www.otherlandpublishing.com.