Mascara Literary Review is an online journal seeking to promote poetry of excellence and originality. We are especially interested in the work of contemporary Australasian and Indigenous poets. [...] The word 'mascara' entered the English language in 1890. It derives from Spanish, Arabic and French origins, its meaning evolving from the word mask, masquerade, to darken, to blacken. The Arabic word 'maskhara' means buffoon.' -- From the journal's 'About Us' page.