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Meniscus Volume 9, Issue 1

Editorial Comment

We are not only delighted, but also relieved, to see this new issue of Meniscus emerge into the world. As contributors and readers will know, we are several weeks behind schedule, which has caused the editors some anxiety. The tardiness is, of course, an effect of the global pandemic; and while we in Australia and New Zealand have escaped most of the devastation, there have been bollards in our roads too. We are very grateful for the kindness offered by so many contributors, and their recognition that the world no longer operates according to the standards of business-as-usual.

And speaking of COVID-19; we want to acknowledge, and celebrate, the remarkable response of the creative community to this critical period. All around the world, musicians and actors have performed impromptu balcony and zoom events, writers have presented work on social media or conducted readings online, artists have left chalk drawings on pavements and images on digital billboards, and creative practitioners generally are actively working to help rebuild a sense of connection and community. Interestingly, very few of the poets or the prose writers who submitted work to this issue of Meniscus explicitly referenced the pandemic; and it seemed to us that this is aligned with much of the creative work produced since February 2020: rather than mulling over the disaster, artists are presenting material that evokes memories of previous times, or images of what might be.

We hope you enjoy the work in this issue of Meniscus as much as we did. They range from mood pieces through image-rich language, to experimentally playful, to thoughtful realism. They show a sense of what we can do with the material of our artform: words, phrasing, syntax. Which reminds us of the novelist Siri Hustveldt saying, during one of the Write America episodes (another creative response to COVID lockdowns), ‘When I read a poem I understand what the English language can do’. And when we read poems and prose, we see the capacity of language, story and thought to construct a way of seeing and living in the world that makes it endurable—and more; it makes it lovely.

Deb Wain and Jen Webb

For the Meniscus Editors 

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Author Index

  • John Bartlett
  • Wendy Blaxland
  • Jean Bohuslav
  • Vincent Brincat
  • Owen Bullock
  • Hugh Cartwright
  • Edward Caruso
  • Yuan Changming
  • Angela Costi
  • Helen Cushing
  • Jacques Denault
  • Anne Di Lauro
  • Lorraine Gibson
  • James Grabill
  • Sam Innes Guardin
  • Rhiannon Hall
  • Windy Lynn Harris
  • Dominique Hecq
  • Jenna Heller
  • Suzanne Herschell
  • D. A. Hosek
  • Usha Kishore
  • Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
  • Rosanna E. Licari
  • Kate Maxwell
  • Zoë Meager
  • Michael Mintrom
  • Amber Moffat
  • Dani Netherclift
  • Keith Nunes
  • Mark O'Flynn
  • Sarah Penwarden
  • Georgia Rose Phillips
  • Donna Pucciani
  • Kristian Radford
  • Richard Rebel
  • Ian C Smith
  • Adam Stokell
  • Dominic Symes
  • Lydia Trethewey
  • Amelia Walker
  • Claire Watson
  • Sean West
  • Janet Jiahui Wu