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Australian Literary Journals: Virtual and social

Twenty years ago, if you published a quarterly literary journal, you could be certain what that meant: four issues a year. When Anna Hedigan wrote her overview of journals and their web presence eight years ago not much had changed. The publishers’ attitude to the online space was that it was essentially a placeholder for the print journal.

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Angela Meyer Reviews Etchings

:etchings 9 – Love & Something edited by Sabina Hopfer et al Ilura Press, 2011 Love & Something is the sub-header of :etchings 9, and the something seems to stand for the multitudinous meanings the word love can inspire – …

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Heather Taylor Johnson reviews HEAT

HEAT 24: That’s it, for now… edited by Ivor Indyk Giramondo Publishing, 2010 This issue of HEAT being named as the magazine’s last could indicate two separate things. One is the opportunity that arises from this; with each ending a …

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Joel Scott reviews Southerly

Southerly 70.1: Golden Tongues: The Arts of Translation edited by David Brooks and Elizabeth McMahon Brandl & Schlesinger, 2010 Faced with the considerable range of work in Southerly‘s Golden Tongues: The Arts of Translation issue, I have resorted to the …

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Heather Taylor Johnson reviews Southerly

Southerly 69.3: The Poetry Issue edited by Kate Lilley Brandl & Schlesinger, 2010 The poets in this special poetry issue of Southerly stand for what is now, what is exciting/experimental and what is quality. But did Kate Lilley hand pick …

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Anna Forsyth reviews Going Down Swinging

Going Down Swinging No. 29: The Unguarded Word edited by Lisa Greenaway and Klare Lanson Going Down Swinging Inc., 2009 This was my first full dip into the reputable journal Going Down Swinging and so I started with the index. …

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Bridie McCarthy reviews Going Down Swinging and Indigo

Going Down Swinging No. 28: Waging the Word edited by Lisa Greenaway and Klare Lanson
Going Down Swinging Inc., 2009

Indigo: Journal of West Australian Writing Volume III edited by Donna Ward et al
Tactile Books, 2009

At the level of function, a literary journal produces a collection of writing on a periodical basis. However, a journal is also another kind of machine, an apparatus which generates a readership, presents writers, exercises its own ideological assumptions (however loosely formed or evolving), and which makes claims to a certain cultural space. At this discursive level, Going Down Swinging and Indigo are very different animals.

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Alice Allan reviews Ten Years of Things That Didn’t Kill Us

Ten Years of Things That Didn't Kill Us edited by Daniel Watson et al Paroxysm Press, 2008 When Paroxysm Press sent out their call for submissions in March last year for an anthology titled Ten Years of Things That Didn't …

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GDS 27 Spoken Word Feature!

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Genevieve Tucker: Online? Present & Accounted For

In 2003 Cordite commissioned Anna Hedigan to review the websites of Australia's established literary journals. Now, four years later, we ask: what's changed? Genevieve Tucker's update looks at the online presences of some of Australia's litjournals in the context of …

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David Prater: Hits & Online Readership

Frank Moorhouse's article in The Sunday Age (full text here) discusses the ongoing Meanjin 'controversy' in a much-needed context: that of the troubles currently facing print magazines, as well as some of the problems facing online magazines in Australia.

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Moses Iten reviews rattapallax 10

But what is a poet? Attach the adjective hip-hop, Nobel Prize-winning, experimental, spoken-word or journalist to that noun &#151 and 'poet' is still the word commanding respect.

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Komninos Zervos reviews Papertiger #3

Papertiger New World Poetry #3 (CD-ROM for PC) Paul Hardacre & BR Dionysius (eds) papertiger media, Brisbane, 2003 The third CD-ROM of poetry has been released by Papertiger Media and yet again presents the work of many of Australia's finest …

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Moses Iten reviews Rattapallax 7

'The beauty of Arabic voices clouds my senses, which is all too ready to fall in love with tragedy.'

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Anna Hedigan surveys Australian journals on the web

Few of these journals have capitalised on the cross-over between people who love to read “hard” books and journals, and web-readers. Do they think we're all searching for porn? Or are they worried that posting content from their journal will dilute their brand?

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Peter Savieri reviews Going Down Swinging 20

The nobility of writing is in the attempt to reach meanings that are beyond its grasp and to refine its crudely encoded language to evoke resonances outside words.

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Timothy Yu casts his eye over Cordite #10!

In an effort to get at least one person to critically appraise our magazine, we asked Stanford-based academic and poet Timothy Yu to review Cordite 10: Location Asia-Australia. And before you ask, of course he wasn't paid for it.

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Alison Arnold summarises the launch of GDS19

Going Down Swinging survived the worst excesses of the 1980s and 1990s to arrive in 2001 alive and kicking. As befitting its reputation as a Melbourne underground institution, the Old Colonial Hotel on Brunswick Street was packed with writer types …

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Gaby Bila-Gunther: It’s not easy being zine

How can one ignore names such as Inter Urban Service, RIP, Anti-Gravity or Lose Ugly Flab By Eating Less? They come inside matchboxes, envelopes, or gently packed in wrapping paper. Some you can't even view without 3D glasses. Some are …

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