The Kantian epigraph to this issue of Island points to an exploration of the island as ‘the land of truth’, with the ocean around it as ‘the native home of illusion’. In this way, the translation of experience, both real and imagined, is navigated in clever and topical ways. The emphasis on ‘island’ as a micro-metonym for Tasmania demonstrates that while there are changes afoot at Island, the new editors, Matthew Lamb and Rachel Edwards, have remained steadfastly loyal to its ‘Tasmanian-ness’. Issue 132 showcases the new A4 format. The content is as rigorous and engaging as ever, but the design and layout have more in common with the sinking Cartela on its cover. While the larger format has increased the content, it is at the cost of a rather gauche and cheap-looking publication. (Indeed, pages are falling out of my copy.) Tom O’Hern’s artwork adorns whole pages, and though his huge black-and-white illustrations of skulls and decomposition are repetitive and predictable, his double-paged industrial ‘Behemoth’ demonstrates his flair.
edited by Rachel Edwards and Matthew Lamb
Island Magazine, $19.99 pb, 96 pp, 9780987471901
If you are a single issue subscriber you will need to upgrade your subscription to view back issues.If you are already subscribed, click here to log in.
Cassandra Atherton is a poet and scholar. She is a Harvard Visiting Fellow in English in 2015-2016.
By this contributor
Leave a comment
Does anyone know of a poem about the Cartela?Friday, 18 July 2014 13:56 posted by Irene Wierenga
T’was on a Thursday morning
The weather was dull and grey
Cartela bound for Melbourne
Set out upon her way
She was loaded to the sponson
With apples and dried fish
Commanded by captain Johnson
A better skipper you could not wish
From the engine room came a bloodcurdling shriek
Turn back skipper the Cartela has sprung a leak.
Please contact Irene Wierenga on 0413 955 305 or email
Leave a comment
Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.
NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.