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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Sticks, Masks, Straw
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'Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday. You get up and pad to the window. Part the curtains. Pitch dark behind the frost on the window pane. You don’t need to see through. You know it snowed overnight. Not a sound. All is blanketed. Hushed. You tiptoe to the landing past the mirror with your shadow in it. Past your uncle Gustave’s bedroom. Rrrr-snorrRRrrr-snorrR. The coast is clear, as they say. You fix your gaze to the ray of light at the bottom of the flight of stairs. You go down, careful to skip the step that creaks—fourth from the bottom. A smell of coffee seeps from under the door. Muffled noises. A fart. You hold your breath. Put your eye to the key hole.' (Introduction)


  • Epigraph: …the hidden past affects the present even as it emerges through present discoveries as a new, unsuspected force—Wilson Harris

  • This work is in ten numbered parts.

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Axon : Creative Explorations C2 : Inside/Outside/Carnival; Axon Capsule 2 (Special Issue) no. C2 February 2018 13423443 2018 periodical issue

    'When we first announced the international symposium, Inside/Outside/Carnival, that took place at the University of Winchester, UK, in June 2017 (a collaboration between the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) at the University of Canberra, and the University of Winchester, with invited guest speakers from the USA, Australia and the UK) we prefaced it with, ‘Into the cauldron of 21st century writing - Tipping a hat at Bakhtin the word Carnival is ambiguous. It tilts at blurred edges, a world upside down and inside out.’ We had no idea what would come about and a cauldron seemed a relevant metaphor at the time. And so it proved because we now have this collection of articles, essays, prose, prose poetry and poetry, which shows how a simple idea can have such a remarkable melting pot response.' (Introduction)

Last amended 23 Mar 2018 07:50:59