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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... vol. 7 no. 1 April 2019 of Meniscus est. 2013 Meniscus
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'When the Australasian Association of Writing Programs decided in 2013 to establish a literary journal, those of us who took on the role of editors settled on the name ‘Meniscus’ and drafted the explanatory statement that is now located in the ‘About Us’ section of the website:

Meniscus is named for the curve that forms at the top surface of a container of liquid. The curve is caused by surface tension, which not only holds the fluid in, but also allows the passage of objects through the surface. It creates uncertainty for anyone attempting a precise measurement because of the parallax effect. The combination of tension, openness and uncertainty can be read as an analogy for creative writing. 

'While Sandra Arnold and I were working on this issue, the shattering news of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand emerged in the media, and this grim, heartbreaking evidence of xenophobia, hate speech and cultural supremacy coloured the remaining time we spent selecting, editing and preparing the issue for publication. It also hardened our resolve, as editors, to remain firmly committed to publishing creative works that are open to differences and possibilities (like the meniscus itself, which affords both a border and permeability); that allow nuance and complexity (avoiding any ‘precise measurement’), and are able to express, and even celebrate, the ‘tension, openness and uncertainty’ that are so much part of human society.' (Jen Webb, Editorial introduction)


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

    The Dream Dispels on Waking by Chris Muscardin

    ‘Haere Rā’ by Jenna Heller

    Ghost on a Bridge by Frances Gapper

    Beach Book and Lifebelt and Moving Schedule  by Ken Cockburn

    Hold the Front Page and TV Times and A Folktale for Every Occasion by Oz Hardwick

    Afterlife by Peycho Kanev 

    Holding on and Midmorning field/eye of the storm by Peter Roberts

    The Stock Exchange Makes Landfall by Mary Cresswell

    Untitled by Simon Perchik

    Francine’s Memorial by Gerard Sarnat

    Into the Desert and Sorting the Earthquake China by Marjory Woodfield

    Excess Baggage by Sudha Balagopal

    Left Out by Brent Cantwell

    The Fog of Love by Michael Gould

    Is this a Test? by Ian Ganassi

    You Never Really Win at Carnivals by Paul Beckman

    Four Haiku by Anum Sattar

    In the Checkout Line and Echo and Thin by Francine Witte

    Less by Sarah Penwarden

    Sanctuary by Jon Hoskins

    Sequelae by Wes Lee

    Ariadne by Yael Klangwisan

    Like a Ton of Bricks by John Brantingham

    A Message in Autumn and In late Autumn by Martin Stannard

    Loss of Wilderness by Paul Ilechko 

    Philately by Nod Ghosh

    Irreversible Sense by James Grabill 

    A Neighbour in the Rain  and Sumo Wrestlers' Heating Service by Robert Scotellaro

    Ko Taku Whanau by Vaughan Rapatahana

    The Portrait by Ruth Brandt

    This Time and Voyage by Tony Beyer


* Contents derived from the 2019 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Gentillesse, Kathryn Hummel , single work poetry (p. 13)
At the Circusi"Don’t let the clowns choose me to go into the ring. They pretend to", Moya Pacey , single work poetry (p. 24-25)
The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962i"at school they say that when the bomb goes off, we have to get under", Moya Pacey , single work poetry (p. 25)
Luftikus, Sue Brennan , single work short story (p. 26-33)
Numinousnessi"To the kid, who sees the halogen floors", Alasdair Cannon , single work poetry (p. 38)
Exilei"This barren place.", Gemma Nethercote Way , single work poetry (p. 43)
Pressed Voicesi"I am a citizen making a phone call.", Fleur Beaupert , single work poetry (p. 45)
Flighti"are we sky or land", Owen Bullock , single work poetry (p. 49-50)
Sittingi"a yellowhammer lands on a rock", Owen Bullock , single work poetry (p. 51)
Verbi"You came at me", Thuy On , single work poetry (p. 52)
The Elephant in the Roomi"My elephant has an aggressive personality and a long trunk that it", Arna Radovich , single work poetry (p. 53)
We Take Our Comfort Where We Cani"In the dusty doorways of Town,", Arna Radovich , single work poetry (p. 54)
Growth Mindset, Jane O'Sullivan , single work short story (p. 55-58)
Four-Poem Suite for My Son, Who Has Autismi"From the top of your white wardrobe,", Anthony Macris , single work poetry (p. 63-66)
Channelling a Wabi Sabi World View, For Youi"In an hour, sun won’t wash this rough-hewn wall,", Jane Frank , single work poetry (p. 71)
From the Traini"i see a woman", Duncan Richardson , single work poetry (p. 72-73)
The Desert Dawni"The sun blowtorches the rusty ruined ridge", Paul Turley , single work poetry (p. 80)
Glass and Hollow Landsi"This land is a falling rush", Hester J. Rook , single work poetry (p. 81)
John Christopheri"We all stand along the corridor and hear Lorraine crying behind those", Gayelene Carbis , single work poetry (p. 82)
Daylight Ghostsi"Looking up catches them unawares: no time to change", Gayelene Carbis , single work poetry (p. 83-85)

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