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Alternative title: Persian Passages
Issue Details: First known date: 2017... vol. 76 no. 3 2017 of Southerly est. 1939 Southerly
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'Persia is the name of an ancient civilisation, a cultural zone, and an aesthetic imaginary. It has long fascinated Western travellers, scholars of cultural dialogue and mystical poets. This issue of Southerly is an intervention in how Persian culture and poetics are perceived and adopted in today’s Australian and global literary scenes. How do contemporary Australian poets and scholars respond to the Sufi ghazals of Hafez of Shiraz? What has been the understanding of Afghan cameleers according to the discourse of Australian national identity? How are the questions of gender and identity addressed by contemporary Iranian writers? And what are some of the best examples of contemporary Persian- Australian fiction, non-fiction and poetry? This issue of Southerly presents a diverse and provocative range of responses to these questions and shows how our literary cultures are intertwined. There is also a selection of texts to be found in The Long Paddock, and an offering of the best Australian writing on themes not related to the Persian world.' (Editorial introduction)


  • Only literary material within AustLit's scope individually indexed. Other material in this issue includes:

    Reconferencing the Birds by  Paul Scully

    Setayesh Nooraninejad: “Poetic Bridges—Spanning Literary
    Traditions, Politics and Cultures.” interview with Zahra Taheri

    Claudine Jacques, translated by Patricia Worth: “Life Sentence”

    Sheema Kalbasi: “Through the Night”

    Ali Zarrin : Persian Grandmother's Closet Room


* Contents derived from the 2017 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
This Is Not a Conversation about Asylum Seekers, Adele Dumont , single work interview

'I met Mehdi back in 2010. He was one of my students when I was teaching English at the Curtin immigration detention centre. To be honest for the first few months of knowing him, I found his presence unsettling - he'd always arrive late and smelling of cigarettes, sit towards the back of the classroom, arms folded, frowning slightly, and not ever saying much. He's since admitted his first impression of me was that I was a total snob, so I guess we each misread one another's reticence as arrogance.' (Introduction)

(p. 10-23)
A Clear Darkness, Nasrin Mahoutchi , single work short story (p. 24-37)
Afghan Australian Identities, Zarlasht Sarwari , single work criticism

'I recently learned about the passing of Mona Akbar Wilson, one of the last known descendants of an Afghan cameleer who came to Australia in the late nineteenth century. I first learned of Mona, or rather of her father, when I read Pamela Rajkowski's book Linden Girl during the summer of 1996. I came across Linden Girl while perusing my father's collection of books stacked on dusty shelves in my childhood home in Perth...' (Introduction)

(p. 46-64)
Writing the Present : Unpacking the Suitcase of the Past, Sanaz Fotouhi , single work autobiography

'This is meant to be a memoir piece. But it is not really. Instead, it is my reflection on the memoir and why I have chosen not to write mine. Well, not yet anyway...' (Introduction)

(p. 65-77)
A Life with Hafiz, Paul Smith , single work prose

'On a ship leaving Bombay for Italy in 1965 I met a men who had just met the Indian-born Perfect Spiritual Master of Iranian decent, Meher Baba, (Merwan S. Irani)...' (Introduction)

(p. 78-84)
Rain-splashed Windscreens, Hasti Abbasi , single work short story

'Out on the balcony, Sara lifts her arms and rests them on the railing, feeling the air touch her underarms. 'There should be something more to life,' she whispers, feeling light-headed. Exhausted, she remembers the day she walked into the kitchen to be confronted by her mother's dead body lying across the floor. Her bloodshot eyes half open, her mouth agape. Shocked and unable to mae a noise, Sara had remained the for a long still moment, until her father came into the kitchen, the cherries and peaches falling from his hands. The tiniest details of the scene pass through her mind: the dusty brown sheen of her father's hair, the upward quirk of her mother's left eyebrow, the red scar below her right eye, and th epink lipstick smeared around her lips.' (Introduction)

(p. 113-127)
The Live Sparrow of Translation, Cassandra Atherton , single work prose

'On a slow Monday in June, I come home to my Persian cat reading the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.' (Introduction)

(p. 128)
Moon Speaks During Pasuri"You will never be over me", Stuart Barnes , single work poetry (p. 129)
Persian Love Cakei"My olive-skinned prince's", Stuart Barnes , single work poetry (p. 130)
Shiraz - A Concerto at Nighti"Old master, play the tar, and move with careful steps upon your stage", Ian Campbell , single work correspondence (p. 131)
The Boat, Joshua Mostafa , single work short story

'His name is Paul or Peter, I forget. We sit together, squashed among a couple of dozen others like the human luggage that we are,  below the deck, where years of putrifying fish have left their stink. No windows. Someone's puked. An infant cries.' (Introduction)

(p. 132-136)
Mirrors in the Gardeni"Violet petals hesitate then turn slowly inwards", Niloofar Fanaiyan , single work poetry (p. 137-138)
Water to Wateri"They teach you that "blood is thicker than water" - it moves slowly,", Niloofar Fanaiyan , single work poetry (p. 139)
Pomegranatei"Thunk", Melodi Fanaiyan , single work poetry (p. 140-141)
Odd Socks, Mehdi Habibi , single work short story

'Oh damn it! I've got odd socks on again. The good thing is navy is so similar to black so it's not so noticeable. Or mamybe I am just comforting myself with thinking that. she appears on the other side of the road and I forget about the socks completely. she stops and looks to both sides of the road...' (Introduction)

(p. 142-149)
Moth Kissesi"put your mouth", Matt Hetherington , single work poetry (p. 150)
Psychogeography of a Temporary Locality: a Preludei"I can only be here - there's nowhere else", John Kinsella , single work poetry (p. 152-154)
Where Are You from, Kim Lateef , single work autobiography (p. 155-162)
Kabuli"the harsh blinding Kabul afternoon light", Jennifer Mackenzie , single work poetry (p. 163)
Veili"The dust of my flesh is to my soul a veil", Alex McKeown , single work poetry (p. 164)

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