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In this issue the prize-winning Guyanese poet Fred D'Aguiar, the American nature writer Barry Lopez, the Peruvian short-story writer Miguel Guttiérez, and the Chinese poets Xi Chuan and Yi Sha are featured alongside Australian poets Rosemary Dobson, Les Murray, Robert Adamson, Rhyll McMaster and Alan Wearne, the Russian-Australian novelist Yuriy Mikhailik, whose novel The Great Fountain is excerpted here in translation, and two masters of the modern fictional parable, Gail Jones and David Brooks.

There are essays on a range of topics: Lesley Stern on smoking and Robert Rawdon Wilson on disgust; Carl Harrison-Ford surveys the work of the American poet William Bronk; Evelyn Juers discusses the figure of the colossus in writing by women; and lexicographer Gary Simes writes about the etymology of the word “root”.

Anna Couani embarks on the first chapter of her serial novel The Western Horizon, reviving an old publishing tradition with a modern twist; and Peter Boyle and Peter Lyssiotis offer “translations” of the poetry of Federico García Lorca in a special feature combining poetry with photomontage.

ILLUSTRATION: Peter Lyssiotis, from Translations from Federico Garcia Lorca

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