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Spring 2021

Published 14 September 2021


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In September Meanjin, Queensland academic, Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman Chelsea Watego writes powerfully on the necessity of 'walking away' from colonial institutions and constructs, in order to find the truth of individual and collective power as an Indigenous Australian. It is, she argues, a fight against the very notion of race itself: 'We must stand in our own power, for it is only in knowing ours that we know the false claims of theirs. This is black power.' 

Patrick Allington writes on how Swedish artist Hilma af Klint 'has intruded upon my inner world and become a sort of guiding light'. Amal Awad surveys the world of romance novels for signs of orientalism and 'sheikh-lit'. Tom Griffiths paints a lingering portrait of the 'humble Australian bushman', John Blay, writer, walker, advocate of the natural world. Yumna Kassab writes on colonialism, conquest, occupation and dispossession: the modern Australian story.

 



Meanjin Papers

ALWAYS BET ON BLACK (POWER)
Chelsea Watego



 

Fiction

THE BEAR ON THE BEACH
Rose Allan

HIATUS
Kristian Radford

EARTH HOUSE
Hollen Singleton

WASTA
Mohammed Massoud Morsi

MEETING POINTS
Jo Langdon



Reviews

RUPTURING COLONIAL KITSCH, UNTANGLING MYTH
Melody Paloma

LEAVING THE ECHO CHAMBER
Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn

MILK AND HONEY
Mira Schlosberg

NATIONAL CHARACTER
Scott Limbrick

EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT
Maks Sipowicz

A DOUBLE-EDGED PARADOX
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen



Poetry

A Light to Lighten
Marina Connelly

Journal in May
Petra White

In lockdown, remembering a ruined abbey
Carl Walsh

The Diet Coke Side of the Moon
George Cox

The Discovery of Antinous, 1894
Jarad Bruinstroop

Late
Anthony Lynch

Remote Intersections
Andrew Sant

Genesis
Nicole W. Lee

on breaking, & being broken
Wen-Juenn Lee

(no melody that isn't shared between instruments)
Jenny Pollak

sitting with the sting of exile @ Kotoka
Brian Obiri-Asare