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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... vol. 6 no. 2 November 2018 of Meniscus est. 2013 Meniscus
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'A literary journal only slowly establishes itself, finding out what it is, and for whom it exists. Each journal has its own accent, its own diction, and though the audiences of both contributors and readers overlap significantly, each journal nonetheless will find its own community. Meniscus is now reaching the age where it is pretty sure about who and what it is, thanks to the generosity of our contributors, the input of our guest editors, and the range of communities in which it is finding its feet. In this, as in previous years, there are both familiar names and voices, and writers we’d not met before. As in previous years, the contributors come from across the world, from a range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds, from both the emerging and the very established, and from both the very young and the very mature. As always, we are delighted to include in this issue a number of writers whose work explores difference – be that of voice, of perspective, of form, of culture, or any other differences. Each work has its own discrete qualities, and in each case the editors were impressed with a freshness in the voice, the quality of image, the narrative traction, and the capacity of the work to make us look at the world from a different point of view.' (Editorial introduction)


  • Only literary material by Australian authors individually indexed. Other material in this issue includes:

    A post-traumatic god by Heather McQuillan

    Lost and Found by Erica Plouffe Lazure

    One Sip, Then by Marco Yan

    Eureka by Melanie Faith

    Night with Venus by Keith Nunes

    Simon and Brigitta by Helen Chambers 

    Becky and Ella by Rosemary Wildblood

    Two blue ticks by Maggie Rainey-Smith

    Old Woman and Fox by Frances Gapper

    Bee Sting by Ernest Slyman

    Blintzes by Bil Forshay

    Memories Elude Him by Hollie Ziskind

    Divesting by Suzanne Herschell

    Thoughts Before Whittling by Sarah Gridley

    Shooting Position by Maria Stadnicka

    Stillness of the Grass by Andrew Stigger

    Like the Bull by Ranald Barnicot

    When you draw the curtains then leave by Gail Ingram

    An eyeful o’ that by Pam Morrison

    Glossectomy by Rachel Smith

    American Threnody by Jungmin Bae

    A Word by Kate Mahony

    Thrum by Iona Winter

    The Story as We Know It by Chris Muscardin

    Poetential by Sarah Penwarden

    Cyanotype by Margaret Moores

    Lobster Rolls and Creamsicles by Jonathan Andrew Perez

    Lightening Up by Julia Webb

    Short Forecast by Tony Beyer

    The Taste of Snow by Paul Beckman

    High Tide after the Earthquake by Mary Cresswell

    Buried and Everything comes down to  by Cath Nichols


* Contents derived from the 2018 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Aubie : Kokoda : 1988i"after the ambulance", Elanna Herbert , single work poetry (p. 11)
Le Plafond, Jess Kilby , single work short story (p. 17)
Carapace, Alexandra Geneve , single work short story (p. 20-26)
The Promise, Siboney Duff , single work short story (p. 30-36)
Bird in the Hand, Lisa Kenway , single work (p. 39-46)
And Then the Stars Too Did Sing, Gayelene Carbis , single work short story (p. 47-48)
Cranesi"All day in the hotel room", Elizabeth Smither , single work poetry (p. 51)
A Soviet String Quarteti"Under a lamp shaped like pantaloons", Elizabeth Smither , single work poetry (p. 52)
A Sleepless Lifei"Much less", Michael Leach , single work poetry (p. 54)
Home Delivery, Jane Downing , single work short story (p. 55-56)
Weet-bix and Honey, Tess Ridgway , single work poetry (p. 62)
Down and Across, Bernard Cohen , single work poetry (p. 63-64)
The Ice Cream Warsi"when I was a kid", Tom Hennemann , single work poetry (p. 92)
The Birdsi"I never learnt to sing like the birds", Em König , single work poetry (p. 96)
Stolei"In frozen stone", Em König , single work poetry (p. 97)
Near Exmouth : Lighting Strike Yardi Creeki"in low scrub. like the saltbush", Elanna Herbert , single work poetry (p. 112-113)
Lake Conjolai"in the January king tide", Elanna Herbert , single work poetry (p. 114-115)
Evridikii"You were born in autumn and so, naturally, hate spring. The scent", Dominique Hecq , single work poetry (p. 116)
Three Beachesi"The orb descends", Yvette Rochelle Harvey , single work poetry (p. 118-119)
Spiniphryne Duhameli (Spiny Dreamers)i"spellbound you draw the sun from", Carl Walsh , single work poetry (p. 122)

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