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'Last year, at a lively town hall forum at James Cook University examining the question of gender bias in Australian literature, I was asked a question which astonished me. Did I, my interlocutor asked, personally feel “doubly marginalised as a female poet,” due to poetry’s marginal status in Australian literature, and women’s marginal status as writers in general? My answer—with the caveat that I was speaking for myself—was an unequivocal no. Poetry undoubtedly occupies a peripheral position in Australian literary culture if column inches or literary festival stages are the measure of hitting the mainstream; as Ivor Indyk (2015) wrote recently in the Sydney Review of Books, “the prejudice against poetry goes deep” (para. 3) in Australia. Nevertheless, Australian poetry persists, and stubbornly flourishes. If the number of poems published annually is anything to go by, Australian poetry is positively burgeoning. Thousands of poems are published annually, alongside a Hydra-like sprouting of anthologies that shows no sign of slowing. There is a healthy stable of mostly small independent and university publishers who produce numerous individual volumes a year, alongside larger publishers such as Hachette, Scribe and Penguin and others who occasionally produce volumes by poet-novelists on their lists such as Cate Kennedy, Maxine Beneba Clarke and others. A healthy, albeit sometimes rancorous, debate about schools and modes of poetics accompanies these publications. A relatively large volume of reviews—if not, as Ben Etherington has noted, many especially critical ones—engages with these publications. From inside this maelstrom of activity, poetry hardly feels marginal.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Etropic vol. 16 no. 2 2017 13424937 2017 periodical issue

    'On the 20th of January this year, the American people ushered in a serial misogynist as President of the so-called free world. A known womaniser,an alleged rapist with a long list of women accusing him of sexual harassment and a public record consisting of a tirade of derogatory remarks about women,Trump’s sexism is incontestable. Further, his various positions and policies—from the Mexican wall and the Muslim travel-ban,to his stand against undocumented immigrants and his commitment to repeal Obamacare, among many others—stand to adversely affect society’s most vulnerable. As we watched that election take shape from across the Pacific we felt as if we were powerless bystanders witnessing a fateful and horrific collision unfold as a nightmarish slow-motion spectacle. The implication was clear: hard-won gains for women worldwide risked slipping backward, precipitously.' (Victoria Kuttainen, Ariella Van Luyn : Editor's introduction)

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