Essays

 

The giving and taking away of voice: what art can do/                what it can’t

The giving and taking away of voice: what art can do/ what it can’t

Heather Taylor Johnson
Summer 2023
The body is a recurring theme of experimental metaphor. Look at Picasso’s Nude in a rocking chair: a woman’s breasts, neck and head are balls, shaft and tip of penis, her belly a sharp-toothed monster. Hannah Wilke’s S.O.S. Starification Object ...
John Kinsella

John Kinsella

Meanjin
Summer 2023
MEANJIN Hello, John, and thanks so much for taking part in this interview. As a long-time contributor to Meanjin across many forms—from poetry to essays and fiction—it’s wonderful to be able to delve into your work more deeply. I’d like ...
911 Lonely: Call Me Call Me Call Me

911 Lonely: Call Me Call Me Call Me

Declan Fry
Summer 2023
Home / is where I want to be —Talking Heads, ‘This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)’ Home, home / I want to be —Lionel Fogarty, ‘Unforgotten’, Kargun Writing about Paul B Preciado in General Intellects (2017), McKenzie Wark once ...
On criticism

On criticism

Jane Howard
Summer 2023
‘The great weakness of criticism in Australia is that it is not in itself a profession. Journalism is a profession. But to be a critic is to write a column in one’s spare time.’ That was theatre critic Katharine Brisbane ...
Australia in three books: I, memoir

Australia in three books: I, memoir

Amy Gray
Summer 2023
I have a story. It will tell you something about me. You may already know me from That Thing or That Event, which I’m now using as a return to writing. That thing about me? It’s sad. I will ...
2023 Carumba Institute Meanjin Oration by Noel Pearson: Change the country for the good

2023 Carumba Institute Meanjin Oration by Noel Pearson: Change the country for the good

Noel Pearson
This referendum, if affirmed, will complete the Commonwealth of Australia through constitutional recognition of its Indigenous peoples. The words enshrine the presence of peoples whose ancestors made this continent their home for more than 60,000 years. In recognition of Aboriginal ...
State of the Nation?

State of the Nation?

Gary Foley
Spring 2023
This apparent inability of most Australians to come to terms with their own history persists to this very day. As a university teacher and professor of history, I have for the past twenty years encountered and taught thousands of Australian students, ...
From the Archives: Interview with Kath Walker

From the Archives: Interview with Kath Walker

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Spring 2023
In considering the Meanjin Paper for this edition, we have dived deep into the archives of Meanjin, seeking to honour the voices of those that have come before. Through our reading of the archives, we understand that many of the ...
Along the road, sadlands

Along the road, sadlands

Tristen Harwood
Spring 2023
We are always on Country, no matter if it is called city or desert, school or bush, road, rock, mountain, beach—even in the prison it is all Indigenous land. This is the settlers’ unpayable debt. I run down by the ...
Patterns, Power and Place—On Whose Terms?

Patterns, Power and Place—On Whose Terms?

Gregory Phillips
Spring 2023
Current debates about an advisory voice, treaty and truth are emblematic of subtle yet familiar underlying sociopolitical patterns in Australia. These deeply flawed, repetitive patterns dictate whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are included or not in the Australian ...
Culture and the case for dogs

Culture and the case for dogs

Paola Balla
Spring 2023
I love dogs. I love dogs so deeply and unconditionally that I remember with acute clarity every dog I have ever had: their little quirks, stories about them, and the trauma and heartbreak of saying goodbye to each. The importance of ...
In a State of Midlife Flux

In a State of Midlife Flux

Celeste Liddle
Spring 2023
This year, in April, I turned 45. I also moved into the first house that I have ever bought. It’s taken me until I am thoroughly middle-aged to put down some actual roots. I’m in a suburb that I’ve always ...
Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann
Spring 2023
As a girl I remember my love of writing. Transmogrified by a series of traumas at the precious age of seven, I moved towards a love of reading. Imagination was my constant friend during my childhood. I always believed there was ...
Diary Entry 01: Grief & Strong Black Women

Diary Entry 01: Grief & Strong Black Women

Apryl Day
Spring 2023
As Black women we are often met with multiple moments in life that define who we are, shape us into who we will become and our outlook on life. Unfortunately, for us there are too many significant moments that are ...
An Education

An Education

Davina B Woods
Spring 2023
Usually, people think of education as a formal process, based upon a prescribed program that occurs within an institution called a school. Education, however, also occurs through what educators call public pedagogy. It is the programming that comes when interacting ...