Island 132

Island 132

Island 132

edited by Rachel Edwards and Matthew Lamb

Island Magazine, $19.99 pb, 96 pp, 9780987471901

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.

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Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton is a poet and scholar.  She is a Harvard Visiting Fellow in English in 2015-2016.

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    Does anyone know of a poem about the Cartela?

    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

    Iron Pot

    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

    Friday, 18 July 2014 13:56 posted by Irene Wierenga

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