Author(s): Jonathan Green
In this edition's cover essay, Gomeroi poet, essayist and scholar Alison Whittakertakes on the idea of white fragility and asks 'Has white people becoming more aware of their fragilities and biases really done anything for us--aside from finding a new way to say 'one of the good ones' or worse, asking us to?'. Whittaker aims squarely at a progressive white culture that sees an elevated racial conscience as a path to post-colonial innocence.
In other essays, Timmah Ball asks that most fundamental of questions- Why Write? 'Were they looking for the next successful blak book...' while Anna Spargo-Ryanwrites powerfully on the often-brutal history of abortion in women's lives and men's politics. Rick Mortonshares his version of Australia in Three Books and Maxine Beneba Clarkeconsiders risk and writers' acts of courage.
New fiction fromYumna Kassab, Sue Brennan, Nick Robinson andJohn Kinsella, and poetry by Ouyang Yu, Sarah Holland-Batt, Marija Pericic and Andrew Sant.