Issues

Black Saturday: 7th of February, 2009

By Wendy J. Dunn   When we arrived Another car was there   Strangers at the Lookout We gathered together And gazed at the hills...

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Brian Jerrold Koester

Brian Jerrold Koester is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a Best of the Net Anthology nominee. His chapbook, Bossa Nova,is published by River...

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Samantha Pena Roshier

Samantha is an Australian-born writer from a Latino family. She typically writes fantasy, however, she occasionally tackles other areas of...

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Trial

By Cheryl Pearson   Quick to scuttle in with the cattle sick, or an ankle twisted fat on a root – the caps wring flat by...

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Book Review of Stephanie Parkyn’s Into the World

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop “The murky water stretched out between her and the shore, the gap becoming further than she could leap. The...

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A Review of Kristina Olsson’s Shell

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop. “But tonight the air was precarious. All sandstone shadow, smudgy. She thought that time was like this too, a...

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Book Review of Helen Juke’s A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop “It felt like slipping through a hidden side-door, stepping slightly outside the flow of things and into a...

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On Consummation

By Elisabeth Hanscombe   The Citizen’s Welfare Service was nestled among a row of terraces on Drummond Street in Carlton. My fourth year...

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Bridge Shadows

By Denise Ogilvie   Every time the train pulls away from Spotswood station, passing graffiti covered walls, gentrified houses and...

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Estranged

by Nik Shone   I should have brought a coat. The moment I leave the house my umbrella flies away. Reminds me of Mary Poppins just...

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Kevin Higgins

Kevin Higgins’s poems have been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK),The Independent, The Daily Mirror, and read aloud by the...

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Dr Wendy J. Dunn

Obsessed by Anne Boleyn and Tudor History since childhood, Wendy J. Dunn is the author of two Anne Boleyn novels: Dear Heart, How Like You...

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Dr Carolyn Beasley

Carolyn is the Faculty’s Program Director of undergraduate and postgraduate Writing courses. This encompasses the Creative Writing and...

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Marnie Reid

Marnie Reid is Backstory’s hard working Senior Editor. Ever since childhood she has loved books and reading, so after spending a few...

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City of Another Home

By Michelle Cahill City of seven islands, guarded by eight-armed Mumbadevi, of the Dravidians, Marathis and Gujaratis, your name alludes to...

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The power of Words: Two Writing journals determined to be heard

By Angela Wauchop   What do you take for granted? Imagine being terrified in your own home, your street, your neighbourhood. Imagine...

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Butterfly Lovers

By Eileen Chong   I Born a girl. By my father’s word, plate of ash untouched— Needle and silk: opaline peacocks, burning...

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Ceremony

By Chelsea Dingman   I open the windows to the house—humid      air like a deer’s breaths in the spring rain. Streetlights flit...

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News highlights – 3 erasure poems

By Lizz Murphy From Aleppo – Rivers of blood women and children… viewed December 2016. From People smuggling – Turkey, Greece...

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War Zone Tours

By Lizz Murphy   I CAN TELL YOU WHAT IT’S LIKE I can tell you what it’s like ears and eyes out on stalks neck cricking...

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Sugihara

By Moya Pacey   His right hand grips the pen dips in and out of the ink-pot – marks the sheet of white paper bold with black...

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Please do not pee in the sink

By Ali Whitelock   in the cafe with coffee cups for lampshades and the sign that says please do not pee in the sink we take an outside...

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Where the feet have been

By Ramon Loyola     Twenty years in the forest in the faces and breaths, not in the last century or in the now of times, my...

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How Many Borders?

By Anita Patel     How many borders will you cross to reach this land? How many doors will you close – forever? How many...

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Polenta Memories

By Jenny Blackford   Our handyman, friend of an old friend, was life support for many years to our decaying inner-city house. One day,...

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Writing Workshops at the Muslim School

By Jenny Blackford     The flowers in the garden of the inner-city Muslim school are kangaroo paws just like mine at home-  ...

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A tanka

By Sandra Renew     she still remembers the brass teapot trampled under soldiers’ boots but then retrieved dusted off and...

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Diaspora

By Nessa O’Mahony   His regular spot; curled foetus-tight, back to the wall at the end of the canal, near the bridge at Baggot...

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Still

By Ellen Shelley   On an ordinary day the water stills the air waves fall silent   birds on parachute wings spiral to gorund...

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Australian Alcatraz
Or why I am not a painter

by Richard James Allen Only weeks, months, at the most a year or so, before Gough Whitlam’s ‘It’s Time’ changed everything, for a...

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