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Alternative title: Modern Elegy
Issue Details: First known date: 2020... vol. 10 no. 1 2020 of Australian Poetry Journal est. 2011 Australian Poetry Journal
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'In September 2019, Jacinta Le Plastrier invited me, Eunice, David and Felicity to be co-editors of this Australian Poetry Journal ‘modern elegy’ issue. At that time, I was not to know what 2020 would bring, or what it would be like to ask poets to write an elegy in 2020. The bushfires last summer should have been prevented, and Country should have been spared. But instead of giving First Nations people autonomy of their land and ability to perform their culture, science and caring for Country, the government is obsessed with continuing an extractive colonisation that will continue to kill us and other living beings we are in kinship with.' (Ellen van Neerven, Foreword 1, Introduction)


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

    On the Slope of the Dead by Aiden Heung

    Grid by David Ishaya Osu

    e by Brian Fuata

    Speech Acts: Another Lesson in Chinese Characters by Changming Yuan

    To Live Is to Forgive, The Great Book Commands by Ojo Taiye

    from ‘Cancer: Poems after Katerina Gogou’ by Sean Bonney


* Contents derived from the 2020 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Forgive Me My Lovei"Forgive me my bird as I am not able to embrace you", Behrouz Boochani , Moones Mansoubi (translator), single work poetry (p. 6-7)
Note: In Farsi, with English translation by Moones Mansoubi Farsi handwritten by Moones Mansoubi
Native Grassesi"Native grasses", Jeanine Leane , single work poetry (p. 13-14)
And Then There Was Nouri"the haunting of light", Paula Abood , single work poetry (p. 15-19)
Note: This pome is in five numbered parts.
Cook 250i"In all the ways I still find fyre in this city", Neika Lehman , single work poetry (p. 20)
Burying 堉清i"Let it be known that there was no rain", Cindy Yuqing Jiang , single work poetry (p. 21-22)
Sudden Landingi"The cement floor is tiled over. And the jungle", Mindy Gill , single work poetry (p. 23)
Lost in Placei"I die in every play I write", Raelee Lancaster , single work poetry (p. 24-27)
Frame Semanticsi"There were things in the surgery that proved immovable:", Lou Garcia-Dolnik , single work poetry (p. 28-29)
Post-heti"Onti", Norman Erikson Pasaribu , single work poetry (p. 30-31)
An Annotated Bibliography for the Futureless Generationi"THE FUTURE IS childless because the process of freezing eggs felt even stranger", Timmah Ball , single work poetry (p. 32-33)
Wet Countryi"Today’s dreaming comes from the deadly", Yeena Kirkbright , single work poetry (p. 34-35)
The Way You’d Say My Namei"Every day, since you left, I’ve waited for someone to say my name the way you did.", Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi , single work poetry (p. 36)
How The Mentally Ill Are Treatedi"I have triggers many triggers", Robyn Jean , single work poetry (p. 37-38)
The Buried Wishi"In the memory of Fariborz Karma who took his", Yasaman Bagheri , single work poetry (p. 39)
Poem on Lifei"something is happening", Jordie Albiston , single work poetry (p. 42-48)
Sister Lighti"Wind braids the grass & combs the hides", Gregory Day , single work poetry (p. 49)
Mirabiliai"It is its", Lisa Gorton , single work poetry (p. 50-52)
Hölderlin Ghost Poem, Tübingeni"I saw his ghost", John Kinsella , single work poetry (p. 53)
Opening the Urni"Your last sound, as you clutched your chest", Andy Jackson , single work poetry (p. 54-55)
Gramsci’s Pigi"One day in the prison orison yard, you saw a pig arrested", A. Frances Johnson , single work poetry (p. 56-57)

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