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Autumn 2020

Published 17 March 2020

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In this edition's cover essay, Gomeroi poet, essayist and scholar Alison Whittaker takes on the idea of white fragility and asks 'Has white people becoming more aware of their fragilities and biases really done anything for us—aside from finding a new way to say 'one of the good ones' or worse, asking us to?'. Whittaker aims squarely at a progressive white culture that sees an elevated racial conscience as a path to post-colonial innocence.

In other essays, Timmah Ball asks that most fundamental of questions: Why Write? 'Were they looking for the next successful blak book.' while Anna Spargo-Ryan writes powerfully on the often-brutal history of abortion in women's lives and men's politics. Rick Morton shares his version of Australia in Three Books and Maxine Beneba Clarke considers risk and writers' acts of courage.

 


Meanjin Papers

SO WHITE. SO WHAT by Alison Whittaker





Fiction

THREE STORIES
Yumna Kassab

FEEDING TIME
Sue Brennan

THE WATCH
Nick Robinson

HERE BE LIONS
John Kinsella



Reviews

LETTER TO THE AUSTRALIANS
Jessica Gildersleeve

TELLING TUNE
Simon Ryan

THE BURDEN OF SHAME
Kirsty Gover

TWO SURVEYS, TWO MILESTONES: ONE PREMATURE DEATH
Martin Langford



Poetry

Australian Films
Ouyang Yu

Over the Mountains and Far Away
Emily Sun

Two Figures at a Window
Jarad Bruinstroop

Passionfruit
Suneeta Peres da Costa

Between the Pen and the Roundabout
Brendan Ryan

The Jaguar
Sarah Holland-Batt

Fish Market
Marija Peričić

The Cloud, the Tree, and the South Wind
Jenny Pollak

Rodent Brain Slices
Gershon Maller

Until Java
Mike Ladd

Medical Developments
Andrew Sant

Aviation
Ella Fox-Martens