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Alternative title: Lineages
Issue Details: First known date: 2020... no. 29 2020 of Rabbit est. 2011 Rabbit
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'When Matthew Hall and Chi Tran—our guest poetry editors for this issue—proposed the theme of ‘Lineages’, I started to think of poetry inheritance, a poetry family tree, what my own might look like. I thought of the poets I studied (or was made to study) in high school and who made me reluctant to continue reading poetry. I thought of the poets introduced to me by mentors who understood my tastes, the poetry that opened up possibilities for my reading and writing future. I thought of the poets whose work stretched my own lines, whom I have followed so closely that I feel their words and rhythms in my blood and bones. It is rare that we come across that last category. For me, there are two poets whose work I hold close—one American, one Australian. For those of you who have been reading my editorials for the last few years, you can probably guess who they are. Not only responsible for fuelling my curiosity and experimentation, these poets have also had the effect of giving me permission to find my own voice in and through poetry. Whether they like it or not, I consider them to be kin.

'One of the great pleasures for me as managing editor of Rabbit has been to read the responses of contributors to the ‘Rabbit question’ for each issue, which is linked to the issue theme. When this requirement was set up from issue one, it was intended to encourage all those who submitted poems to demonstrate their appreciation for poetry more broadly, ahead of the desire to send through poems quickly in the hope of getting published. But the responses from those who are selected for publication, printed in the back pages of each Rabbit, are also a way to share poetry knowledge to readers, to suggest poets or poems that may not have been known to some readers, to share tastes and reading lists. I like to see that some contributors are able to sum up their thoughts in very few words—sometimes just one!—while others commit to a generous rumination.

'The question for this ‘Lineages’ issue is: What is something you have learned from a poem/poet that you’d like to pass on to others? From the thoughtful answers printed at the back, I can see that many poets have located their own poetry kin, as I have done. More than this, it seems that they have drawn strength from that kin not only to guide their own writing practice but also to guide the living of a good life. How marvellous!

—Jessica L. Wilkinson' (Editorial)


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

    Whitianga by Olivia Macassey

    At Newgrange by Kelly Norah Drukker

    Chengdu by Air : A Mediation by David Cope

    After the Polar Vortex, The Moon, Waiting for Dawn in a Beijing Hotel Room and From the Top Step of Guangde Temple by David Cope


* Contents derived from the 2020 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Anatomy of Fogi"[ ]: maternal grandmother", Zhi Yi Cham , single work poetry (p. 10-16)
I'll Take the Sound of My-mum-Cleaning-the-House-to-Electronic-Remixes-of-Celine-Dion's-I-Drove-All-Night to My Gravei"when i was young", Panda Wong , single work poetry (p. 17-21)
That Year, My Mother Taught Me What Hands Are Fori"i know some days the light hums through the window. crouching", Duy Quang Mai , single work poetry (p. 22-24)
Body Doublei"Limbs", Amelia Zhou , single work poetry (p. 26-27)
Captain, Ashleyi"a generational nostalgia - it started with you, a gift to me. yellow and", Joshua Francis , single work poetry (p. 28-29)
Cryingi"Nearly midnight in the enclave", Eileen Chong , single work poetry (p. 30-31)
Purging Words (Eavesdrop, Exhume)i"my skull : haunted control room with dodgy old wiring", Mykaela Saunders , single work poetry (p. 32-34)
Genesis (Haiku)i"We are all repitle.", Nicole Schild , single work poetry (p. 38-39)
Empty Bedi"climb steps to upper level of ding ding", Shu-Ling Chua , single work poetry (p. 40-41)
P(l)acing Place/Pronaci Mjestoi"pretending to know&sing national anthem&hymns (to avoid infringement)", Anita Solak , single work poetry (p. 42-44)
Out of Hospitali"From the sky the oceans", Paul Magee , single work poetry (p. 46-47)
A Mini Newsi"This is just to let you know that", Yu Ouyang , single work poetry (p. 48-49)
Palingeneticsi"1:60", Ian Gibbins , single work poetry (p. 50-51)
Eyes upon Lifei"Blinded and haemorrhaging", Lesley Porter , single work poetry (p. 54-55)
Vestigiali"You hold the vestiges of our past life", Jane Gibian , single work poetry (p. 56-57)
Proclaim!i"that there is no light in a bowl of rock sugar", Janet Jiahui Wu , single work poetry (p. 58-62)
Ode to Greeni"Children are a necessary", Shari Kocher , single work poetry (p. 64-65)
Yesi"Yes and I told Him that our blood is not unclean yes and they thought of us only", Em König , single work poetry (p. 66-67)
Note: With title Yes
Visiting Spinstersi"The truth took thirty year", Kathryn Hummel , single work poetry (p. 68-69)
Cezanne Spunky (c.1885)i"it's good to be walking", Gareth Morgan , single work poetry (p. 70-71)

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