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Paperback, 22.3 x 14.3 cm
Published 1998
ISSN 1326-1460


Ivor Indyk

Cover design

Harry Williamson

Text design

Toni Hope-Caten


In this tenth issue of HEAT compelling new fiction from prominent Australian novelists Gillian Mears and Nicholas Jose, and American short-story writer Mary Jane Ryals. And chapter 9 of Anna Couani’s paranoid thriller serial The Western Horizon.

In the literary essays, poet and critic Fay Zwicky writes on Russian-Jewish author Isaac Babel, Venezuelan poet Eugenio Montejo celebrates “the white workshop”, Adam Geczy argues against the contemporary over-use of the first person in fiction, and Gary Simes explores the different realms of Antipodean English.

We publish a tribute to the verse portrait, one of the most undervalued genres of poetry, with poems by Tatamkhulu Afrika, Susan Yuzna, Geoff Page, Judith Beveridge, Peter Boyle, Lisa Jacobson, Hazel Smith and Alex Skovron, with a portrait in prose by Inga Clendinnen.

Poetry also in a section called Topographies, featuring poetic landscapes by Ken Bolton, S.K. Kelen and John Hawke, and a mapping of the city of Manchester in an essay by social scientist Nikos Papastergiadis.

In the visual arts, Helen Macallan writes on the latest work of the Sydney video artist John Conomos, and we feature Eugenia Raskopoulos’ new photographic series with(out) voice.

Finally, excellent reviews of Octavio Paz and William Shakespeare, John Ashbery and Anthony Lawrence, Thea Astley, Simon Armitage and Lavinia Greenlaw.


The Return of Short Fiction

Gillian Mears – Calm Abiding and the Monk from Sarnath
Mary Jane Ryals – Swallows Dance
Nicholas Jose – Beautiful Island

Literary Essays

Fay Zwicky – Isaac Babel, Myopic Revolutionary
Eugenio Montejo – The White Workshop
Adam Geczy – A Savage Frailty: On the First Person
Gary Simes – Antipodean Englishes

Portraits in Verse and Prose

Tatamkhulu Afrika, Susan Yuzna, Judith Beveridge, Inga Clendinnen, Peter Boyle, Lisa Jacobson, Geoff Page, Hazel Smith, Alex Skovron.


Eugenia Raskopoulos – with(out) voice
Stephanie Valentin – Distil


Helen Macallan – John Conomos’ Work of Mourning


Anna Couani – The Western Horizon (chapter 9)


Ken Bolton & John Jenkins, Nikos Papastergiadis, John Bennett, K. Kelen, – John Hawke

Views & Reviews

Jeffrey Poacher – Octavio Paz (1914-1998)
Peter Holbrook on Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Selina Samuels on Thea Astley and Queensland Baroque
David Wheatley on Simon Armitage and Lavinia Greenlaw
Judith Beveridge on Anthony Lawrence
Hugh Tolhurst on John Ashbery