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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, 2014

Aerogram Letters
In our house photographs were stored in an old shoebox my father kept on the top shelf of his wardrobe. Like my mother's button jar, this box had its own magnetism, my brother and I loved to spill its contents out on the table and order and reorder the...
A Seat at the Front of the Bus of American Poetry: Wanda Coleman's "Retro Rogue Anthology" in Mercurochrome
A substantial part of Wanda Coleman's poetic achievement in her 2001 collection Mercurochrome-a bronze medal finalist in poetry for the National Book Awards-lies in its fifth section, titled "Retro Rogue Anthology." The longest section in the collection,...
Biography of Wanda Coleman
Wanda Coleman (1946-2013) was born in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her mother cleaned houses and worked as a seamstress, while her father worked in journalism and advertising; Coleman credits him with teaching her how to typeset and lay out...
Consuming Figures: Wanda Coleman, Writing, and the Flesh
Wanda Coleman's reputation as a poet of the city of Los Angeles eclipses much else about her career. Literary critics have codified her as among the most important of L.A. writers, and she has been included in anthologies of Los Angeles literature more...
Cover Artist
Linda Marrinon (1959- )How I hate Sexism (1982)synthetic polymer paint on canvasimage 129.0 x 76.0 cmframe 132.0 x 78.8 x 6.7 cmCollection of The University of Queensland.Gift of Michael Eliadis through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program,...
Editorial
Well, here is the first of two forty-year anniversary issues of Hecate. A little group of marxist feminists sat in Brisbane in International Women's Year in 1975 deciding to set up an academic journal, around the time that the founders of Signs and Feminist...
Elizabeth
is the time of blue Wellington boots,from the startshe leans towards me,gasping endings.she is stone benchesand everything beside the broken pond,the leaks, the small birds, the unhappyroses: she is half and sometimes empty.she is crowded, my tomato...
Fear of Flight
Inga was a Lufthansa pilot. She took off in the echo of Lockerbie and landed in the dust of 9/11 never to fly again. She knew how those hijacked pilots felt. She understood them down to their very bones and fibre, and never again would she be responsible...
Fever's End
Once I had two husbands.The first I married wearing red in the sunshine after the storms. And we laughed and kissed and told ourselves how lucky we were the storms had passed.The second I married in tears, asking forgiveness for my temper and sharp tongue....
For the Sake of the Children: Class, Anxiety and Childhood in Barbara Noble's Doreen
Goodnight, children, everywhereYour Mummy thinks of you tonightLay your head upon your pillowDon't be a kid or a weeping willow.- Vera Lynn, "Goodnight Children Everywhere" (1940)Although she was a highly prolific publisher and editor, working for 20th...
From the Cat and the Soulmonger
Ismael knew it would soon be time. Kneeling on his bed, he brought his head over the windowsill and looked out. Not a star peeked out. He couldn't help remembering that his mother had once described an eclipse like "a rice bowl overturned on the village"....
Keeping Mum
After the birth of my second child I suffered post-natal depression. While on the surface I kept up the appearance of coping, underneath I felt dis-abled, impaired, and unable to function properly. I was filled with self-doubt and withdrew to a silent...
Life Expectancy
Twenty years ago that perfect bodyCame swimming out of herNow time is suspendedHe is not dead but not aliveDoctors come and goTheir godly pronouncementsTesting a mother's hopeShe can't speak or eatShe is just sitting by his bedIn a room riddled with...
"Misfitting" Mothers: Feminism, Disability and Mothering
Rachel Robertson is warmly thanked for organising and assembling this Focus section. Some of the articles were presented at the 7th Australian Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (AMIRCI) international conference, Motherhood,...
Saying Goodbye: Elegiac Subjectivity in Wanda Coleman's the World Falls Away
Many of the poems in The World Falls Away (2011), Wanda Coleman's last published solo collection, incorporate techniques already familiar to her long-time readers. She continues several series of identicallynamed poems begun in earlier collections, including...
The Impact of "Good Mothering" Ideology on Identity Perception for Mothers of Children with Disabilities
Not only does having a child with a disability force women to change the fundamental practical concerns of everyday life; but it can also have a profound effect upon the way women see themselves as individuals. There is already a substantial body of...
The Uses of Anger: Wanda Coleman and the Poetry of Black Rage
In late 2014, black people in the United States took to the streets in protest. Spurred on by the failure of grand juries to indict neither Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown, nor Officer Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Gardner...
Water and Bridges
Graham points the remote; the roller door shunts obediently upwards. Her car's not there. He drives in, turns off the ignition, checks his watch. She's cutting it fine; supposed to be at the club for seven. Taking his phone from his pocket, he eyes it...
What a Tangle
In the Rotunda of Magic Mirrorsmy lover sits worrying over side-effectsto his spells. Sorry to disturb, I say, butcould you help with my bra? I seemto have gone and sprained my thumb at thatdocument signing and my breasts are being downrightunruly today....
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