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The new book-length HEAT 11 opens with a section devoted to fairy tale and dream, with fiction and poetry by Mandy Sayer, Doris Brett, Julia Casterton and Robert Adamson, and three translations by Alberto Manguel from Jorge Luis Borges, Antonio Tabucchi and Michel Tournier.
Then follows a group of pieces which all deal in some way with animals-a series of Zoo Poems by English poet Lavinia Greenlaw, a prize-winning story by Gillian Mears which circles around canaries and bird-cages, a retelling of Noah’s Ark by Pia Tafdrup, one of Denmark’s most prominent poets, and three further adventures in the life of poet J.S Harry’s philosophical rabbit hero, Peter Henry Lepus.
A third section deals with cross-cultural encounters: Brian Castro teams up with artist Peter Lyssiotis to deliver a cry from the heart of Asian Australia; there is an exclusive preview from Kate Grenville’s new novel The Idea of Perfection; Abbas El-Zein explores the logic behind the blood-letting Muslim ritual of Ashura; and cultural studies professor Stephen Muecke travels to the Andaman Islands.
The second half of the book features an intimate photographic essay by Sandy Edwards on the theme of “first love”, 14 Days in the Life of a Heart by English novelist Deborah Levy, and translations of three important poets from Poland, Indonesia and Denmark: Julian Kornauser, Dorothea Rose Herliany and Morten Søndergaard. Art critic and novelist George Alexander writes on the overlooked Irish novelist, Aidan Higgins, Anna Couani offers Chapter 10 of her told-to -the-minute serial The Western Horizon – and just to prove that HEAT can do everything an ordinary magazine can do and more, there is a feature on sport, with David Matthews’ portrait of Aussie Rules star Tony Lockett, and Bernard Cohens’ two cricket stories. And that’s not all, with poetry and reviews by Cassie Lewis, Emma Lew, Judith Bishop, Gregory O’Brien, Jim Potts, John Mateer, Dmetri Kakmi, David McCooey and many others…
Mandy Sayer – Scarlet
Doris Brett – The First Minute after Midnight
Julia Casterton – Two Poems
Jorge Luis Borges, Antonio Tabucchi, Michel Tournier – Two Dreams & A Reflection (translated by Alberto Manguel)
Robert Adamson – Three Poems
Lavinia Greenlaw – Zoo Poems
Gillian Mears – Bird O Circle
J.S. Harry – Rabbit Moon Spider Picasso
Ken Bolton & John Jenkins – Wires Crossed Inadvertently
Pia Tafdrup – Ark
Brian Castro & Peter Lyssiotis – The Pillow Book
Kate Grenville – Karakarook
Abbas El-Zein – Ashura: The Tenth-Day Catastrophe of Duodecimal Shi’ism
Stephen Muecke – The Andaman Islands
Sandy Edwards – First Love (A Photographic Essay)
Deborah Levy – 14 Days in the Life of a Heart
Cassie Lewis – Four Poems
George Alexander – Pull the Mandrake, Never Mind the Shrieks
David Matthews – Tony Lockett in the 80s
Bernard Cohen – Cricket Stories
Julian Kornhauser (translated from Polish by Piotr Sommer & M. Kasper)
Dorothea Rose Herliany (translated from Indonesian by Harry Aveling)
Morten Søndergaard – Compass (translated from Danish by W. Glyn Jones)
Emma Lew, Judith Bishop,Gregory O’Brien, Emily Ballou, Kate Fielding, Nora Krouk, Mal Morgan.
Anna Couani – The Western Horizon (chapter 10)
Jim Potts on Miroslav Holub (1923-1998)
John Mateer on Martin Harrison
David McCooey on Goran Simic, Jamie McKendrick, Anthony Hecht
Laurie Clancy on Kevin Brophy
Dmetri Kakmi on Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Adam Aitken on Muriel Lenore, Alan Jefferies, Christopher Kelen