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Spring 2020

Published 15 September 2020


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In our September edition, there's a brace of fine writing in the time of Covid-19.

From Jack Latimore, 'Through a Mask, Breathing': an expansive, lyrical essay that couples a local response to the Black Lives Matter movement to ideas around gentrification, St Kilda, Sidney Nolan and the life and music of Archie Roach, all of it set against the quiet menace of the pandemic.

In other pieces drawn from our Covid moment, Kate Grenville charts the troubled progress and unexpected insights of days under lockdown, Fiona Wright finds space and rare pleasures as the world closes in, Krissy Kneen takes on the sudden obsession with 'iso-weight', Justin Clemens searches for hope in the world of verse, Desmond Manderson and Lorenzo Veracini consider viruses, colonialism and other metaphors, and there's short fiction from Anson Cameron, 'The Miserable Creep of Covid'. 

 



Meanjin Papers

THROUGH A MASK, BREATHING
Jack Latimore





Fiction

BOCK BOCK
Andrew Roff

COMPANY
George McElroy

THE MISERABLE CREEP OF COVID
Anson Cameron

CLOSE THE EYES OF YOUR CONSCIENCE
Mardin Arvin






Reviews

THE EXHILARATING LEAP FORWARD
Ruby Hamad

GUILT MOUNTAIN
Jinghua Qian

EXQUISITE, TROUBLING DEPTHS
Harry Saddler

TRUTHS AND ARROWS OF YA
Adele Walsh





Poetry

for M
Nathan Shepherdson

You Big Ugly
Ann-Marie Blanchard

New Year Bee Prayer
Mal McKimmie

Elegy for Les on a Stormy Night and the Next Morning
John Kinsella

Mirror
Simeon Kronenberg

Synopsis of a dialogue
Yu Ouyang

The Summer I was Sixteen, in Japan
Rachel Morton

Osoeri (오쇠리) 
Jina Hong

Quemoy and Matsu
Guy Rundle

(shadow fold)
Pam Brown

The Roaring Twenties
Liam Ferney

Seed & Seizure
Shey Marque