Polite racism

By Alys Jackson
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between the words are the worst,

the softest sigh of insinuation;

Interesting’ tilted

from the tongue

like honey dripped

into Mithridates until

the worms squirmed free. Or

that slight edging away,

that leaning smile, eyes

scratched into the back of my throat,

and a sweetly chiselled sobriquet.


Review – Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

By Georgia Cerni

Sophie Cousins’ book Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia is, in many respects, a proposal. For Cousins, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Australians with an opportunity to reconsider the ways our society currently functions. Cousins aptly makes her case – while in some ways the pandemic reinforced burgeoning inequalities, it also presented us the chance to apply collectivist values to solve systemic problems.