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The international character of HEAT is particularly pronouced in this issue, which opens with Michelle Moo’s Chinese-inflected Victoria settler story. It then travels to South America, where Chris Andrews unravels the narrative discontinuities of Argentinian novellist Cesar Aira whose his cult stories are populated by ghosts, dwarves, pizza boys and nuns, Stuart Cooke presents translations of two Indigenous Mapuche poets from Chile, and John Bryson drinks martinis in the Peacock Bar of Panama beneath a portrait of General Noriega, as ex-pats organise a pantomime invasion. From China, Guan Wei seeks physical and spiritual balance in his visual essay ‘Longevity for Beginners;’ Barry Hill traces Ezra Pound’s fascination with the Orient, and his friendships with Chinese scholars. From Europe, Priya Basil extols the virtues of her community apartment block in Berlin, overlooking the remnants of the Wall; Julia Sutton in Paris amd Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun offer their distinctive takes on surrealism. In fiction Barbara Brooks pursues her grandfather’s memories of colonial India; and a new story by Mireille Juchau explores the tensions between adolescent girl cousins in a New Zealand city. Closer to home, Brendan Ryan remembers the Ash Wednesday bushfires, which he fought as a nineteen-year-old, and Lee Kofmann writes on scarring and the geography of the body. In poetry, Kate Middleton’s Hansel and Gretel find their gingerbread where dingos tread, abandoned by a father made desperate by hunger and drought, and there are new poems by PiO, Jane Gibian, Petra White, Thomas Shapcott, Roland Leach, Maria Takolander, Geoff Lemon, Pip Smith, Nathan Curnow and more…
Chris Andrews – Cesar Aira’s Discontinuities
Stuart Cooke – Two Mapuche Poets
John Bryson – Panama, A Pantomime
Barry Hill – Ezra Pound: The Tragic Orientalist
Brendan Ryan – Ash Wednesday: A Memorial
Lee Kofmann – Re-visiting the Geography of My Body
Priya Basil – My Home is Our Castle
Michelle Moo – New Gold Mountain
Mireille Juchau – Habitat Group
Barbara Brooks – Lost in the House
Julia Sutton – The Surrealists Upstairs
Guan Wei – Longevity for Beginners
Tomaz Salamun, Geoff Lemon, Rosanna Licari, Π.O., John Mateer, Thomas Shapcott, Kit Brookman, Jane Sloan, Maria Takolander, Jane Gibian, Andy Jackson, Kate Middleton, Pip Smith, Roland Leach, Petra White, Nathan Curnow.