June–July 2020, no. 422

June–July 2020, no. 422

Our winter double issue features two superb meditations on family, gender, mourning and becoming. Yves Rees is the winner of this year's Calibre Essay Prize. 'Reading the Mess Backwards' is a story of trans becoming that digs into the messiness of bodies, gender and identity. ABR Rising Star Sarah Walker writes beautifully about losing her mother and the difficulties of commemoration during a pandemic. James Ley has a virtuoso pastiche of Philip Roth in his review of the Portnoy trials. Sophie Cunningham reviews Richard Cooke's book on Robyn Davidson. Plus poems by Gwen Harwood, Jaya Savige, and Stephen Edgar – and much more!

Full Contents

Letters

Letters to the Editor

by Jenny Hocking, Roger Rees, Elisabeth Holdsworth, Bronwyn Mills, Lindy Warrell et al
Poetry

A Gathered Distance by Mark Tredinnick & The Mirror Hurlers by Ross Gillett

Society

Grandmothers edited by Helen Elliott & A Lasting Conversation: Stories on ageing edited by Dr Susan Ogle and Melanie Joosten

Memoir

Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen

Memoir

Untethered by Hayley Katzen

Literary Studies

Spinoza’s Overcoat: Travels with writers and poets by Subhash Jaireth

Fiction

State Highway One by Sam Coley

Fiction

Fauna by Donna Mazza

Fiction

Smart Ovens for Lonely People by Elizabeth Tan

Fiction

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott

Fiction

Elephants with Headlights by Bem Le Hunte

Fiction

A Treacherous Country by K.M. Kruimink

Fiction

Rise & Shine by Patrick Allington

Literary Studies

On Robyn Davidson: Writers on Writers by Richard Cooke

A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull

Society

The New Despotism by John Keane