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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 A Question of Intimacy (Or: Against Suicide)
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'Writing is pure loss, for Maurice Blanchot, and the only way to comprehend the loss inherent in the act of writing is to write, and in doing that to seek nothing but “the ceaselessness of the return, effect of disastrous instability” (Blanchot 1980, 89). This is a difficult notion for the young writer, immature in her approach, naïve in her own ideas of success and failure: her own capacity. she does not come at writing merely to write, but to say something. To have said something. To speak. so pre-occupied is she with her private need to speak that she hardly knows what she says, half the time. she writes because: she knows if she doesn’t she’ll die.' 

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    y separately published work icon Southerly Violence vol. 78 no. 3 December 2018 16857182 2018 periodical issue 'Rarely has Southerly received so much high-quality material than in response to the call for work on the theme of Violence. In fact our poetry editor, Kate Lilley, requested we increase the extent of the issue to accommodate the volume of excellent work; hence this is a large issue that includes a wealth of poetry. The reasons for this abundance are too many. In literary terms, violence provides a readymade drama, an impetus for action and reaction, shock, emotion, transformation; from Milton’s War in heaven to Modernist aesthetics of shock to the contemporary thriller. literature also records more pervasive operations of violence including poverty, colonialism and other socially sanctioned cruelties of lived experience. Writing on violence provides testimony, a necessary record, and may enable catharsis. at the very least it is a mark, a signature of survival in the wake of violent events from an individual encounter to genocide. a deal of the work included also addresses issues of the anthropocene and the relation ships between human and non-human lives.' (Elizabeth McMahon, Editorial introduction) 2018 pg. 62-71
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