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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 1, 2016

Ambulance Station
It is nearly dark when I come on duty, and outside the public shelters people are standing, smoking, talking, strolling about-waiting for the raid. The wail of the siren, sweeping over Stepney like the wind before a storm, sends the last loiterers from...
Belgrave Rd
Stucco-fronted terracesrun the length of Belgrave Rdhotels now a mirage of white plaster facadesdissolving in the glare of midday sunlightyou lived here Mum,at number 95below-ground watching the shoes of passers-byankle-wet running for buses in the rain.Or...
Chinese Puzzle in Seven Pieces
Although without name or formTao nurtures and makes all whole.Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching11. By mid-morning the hire-truck, loaded with supplies and yesterday's wet things, is gunning along the Tasman Highway. Tea Cosy, a bald man who likes to wear rainbow-coloured...
Cover: Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox: Red Rain
Transcultural/religious trees-of-life stand as beacons of life, light and hope in a landscape that is threatened by the menacing presence of a weaponised Unmanned Air Vehicle, commonly called a drone. 1 This Reaper drone is equipped with surveillance,...
Crossing the Boundaries: The Versatility of Women in the Novels of Janette Turner Hospital
There is just a membrane between one world and another. When you pass through that membrane, the meaning of everything changes.Janette Turner Hospital, OysterIn a writing career spanning more than three decades, Janette Turner Hospital has produced a...
Editorial
Hecate has from the mid-1970s published work from cross-disciplinary perspectives that contest hegemonic received ideas regarding gender, class, ethnicity and race, and sexualities, and how these things have played out at particular times in particular...
Feminising Orientalism: The Art of Hilda Rix Nicholas
I am going to talk to you a little about Morocco & the every day life of the beautiful people who live there. Painters, poets, musicians & Dancers from European countries, are far too apt to lay an extravagant stress on one theme when using the...
Her Name
As if it were raw garlic, they bit into the layers of gossiptill her name smoked out on their breaths.And their mouths spat harlot, thief, man-killer. In Mother's hometraces of a daughter weaved in and out of roomsand staircases, lingering in the hallways....
How I Tried to Change My Name
My name is Padma (pronounced Pema) and it means Lotus as in our sacred mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (Oh jewel in the lotus) and in our religion it has many meanings one of which denotes purity, as a lotus thrusts itself out of the ooze at the bottom of a...
Love in the Blitz
"Doesn't it drive you mad not to know who Aileen's lover in London was?"I have heard variations of this question from several people since my biography of Aileen Palmer was published in early 2016.1 The eldest daughter of Australian writers Vance and...
Medium/Machine: The Writing of Rosa Praed and Nancy Harward
In a vast territory such as this of Queensland, inhabited as it is by a mere handful of people, the electric telegraph system is a most potent agent of civilisation ... As the nerve to the brain, and the brain to the nerve, so by this minute reticulation...
Moscow Quintet
1917-19191.A gaunt figure of skin and bone -a scarecrow that is yet a child,the skull and cheekbones prominent,prefiguring the Holocaust;ribs cradled by lapels that gape -slumps against a stub of masonryupon a Moscow street in 1917.Death is about to...
Speaking as a Settler Chinese Woman in Aotearoa New Zealand: An "Utterly Charming Picture of Oriental Womanhood"
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)... although she has taken to Westernisation eagerly ... she still remains the same enigmatic, strange but utterly charming picture of Oriental womanhood. ("Going Western")I have often wondered what might...
The Colour of Massacre
As a new century dawned white Australians were urgedto feel comfortable and relaxed about their history."Shake off that irksome black arm band - legacy of radicallefties who can't leave well enough alone - and theirtiresome chant that white Australia...
The Painting
Her grandfather died last night. Not by Sarah's own hand-although she'd considered it so many times that when she heard the news she wondered for a moment whether she had killed him in her sleep. That would have been the easiest way, but she had never...
The Third Body: Cixous' Feminine Trinity
I dream-read a book. It was a book about the Christian God, written by a woman. That in itself is a mystical amazement: a delightful aberration. A theology that has breasts, a womb, an-Other libidinal economy. As I have already written, I was dream-reading...
We Are the Sons Dymphna Cusack
We are the songs that, silenced in their singing,Lost in the choking of some youthful breastPoignant and endless, wistful echoes ringingCome floating to you down the halls of death.We are the dreams the dreamers never ended,Spun from the phantom gold...
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