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Issue Details: First known date: 2020... no. 238 Autumn 2020 of Overland est. 1954 Overland
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'In ‘Mental Ears and Poetic Work’ JH Prynne writes that “no poet has or can have clean hands, because clean hands are themselves a fundamental contradiction. Clean hands do no worthwhile work.” Resistance is the tenor of reality, and action in it is compromised, bloody-handed, in the world and of it. In some senses it can seem that an ever-larger stake of leftist discourse is consumed by a miserabilist scramble for seniority on a narrowing mesa of unhistorical piety. In the crisis of social, ethical, and ecological collapse that greets us daily, clean hands look more than ever like magical thinking.' (Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk, Introduction)

Notes

  • Only literary material within AustLit's scope (individually indexed. Other material in this issue includes: 

    Our Death: Aspects of the radical in Sean Bonney’s last book of poems by Toby Fitch  and Sean Bonney

    Looming Poetics by Elena Gomez

    Critique This by Justin Clemens

    On Radical Love by Clelia Rodriguez

    Striking Back to Stop the War on Our Planet by Padraic Gibson

    Practical Epiphanies by Joshua Mostafa

    Parallel Dimensional Man by Omer Wissman

    Prognostication by A.J. Carruthers

    The Houseguest by Jenah Shaw

Contents

* Contents derived from the 2020 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Aboriginal People Were Here First, Dujuan Hoosan , single work prose (p. 20-22)
Welcome to the Nakba : Notes from the Epicentre of an Apocalypse, Micaela Sahhar , single work essay
'People post shots of the compromised view from their windows and balconies, visibility updates, rain water tank statuses: water like sweet sticky soft drinks left out on a hot summer's day. I do not rejoice in these recent months of bushfires. But I am pleased that their traces have arrived in our capitals. I am pleased they have pressed their reality into the lives of people who have put their trust in the capacity of systems. The systems are working just fine, but we have to believe the evidence, and recognise they are not working for us.' (Introduction)
(p. 23-26)
Ode to the Defenceless : From Hypotaxis to Parataxis, John Kinsella , single work poetry (p. 39-44)
No Alarmsi"Give the brigalows time to impersonate metal. Fold the final", Dan Hogan , single work poetry (p. 59)
No Language for White Mani"The Young", Lou Garcia-Dolnik , single work poetry (p. 60)
Chinny Chin Chini"when the black curtain drops in a back room at the airport", Grace Yee , single work poetry (p. 61)
Creek Jumping, Cade Turner-mann , single work short story (p. 72-75)
Mermaid, Gareth Hipwell , single work short story (p. 76-82)
Pinches, Emily Barber , single work short story (p. 83-86)
Urban Gods, Cherry Zheng , single work short story (p. 87-93)

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Works about this Work

Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk (eds) Overland, #238 Maria Takolander , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 15-21 August 2020;

— Review of Overland no. 238 Autumn 2020 periodical issue

'Midnight Oil introduced me to radical politics in the 1980s. Their lyrics opened my eyes to how the world and its problems were greater than my teenage narcissism had allowed. By the time I was studying literature at university, my journal of choice was naturally Overland. Established in Melbourne in 1954 by anti-Stalinist members of the Communist Party of Australia, Overland still prides itself on being the only radical literary journal in Australia, though others have made ground, attesting to an increased radicalism in literary culture generally.' (Introduction)

Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk (eds) Overland, #238 Maria Takolander , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 15-21 August 2020;

— Review of Overland no. 238 Autumn 2020 periodical issue

'Midnight Oil introduced me to radical politics in the 1980s. Their lyrics opened my eyes to how the world and its problems were greater than my teenage narcissism had allowed. By the time I was studying literature at university, my journal of choice was naturally Overland. Established in Melbourne in 1954 by anti-Stalinist members of the Communist Party of Australia, Overland still prides itself on being the only radical literary journal in Australia, though others have made ground, attesting to an increased radicalism in literary culture generally.' (Introduction)

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