Russian Protest Artists

By Kim Waters
Poem by Kim Waters, Right Now

Who’s to say how far you’d go
when the screw at the unnamed
part of your neck is turned
and your friends faces drip away?

Who knows what bile would
seep into the whites of your eyes
and how reason would no longer
be something you could hurdle?

You pick a spot.
You let go of the scorpions.
You try to disentangle
the markers that give false hope.

It might seem as though you’re groveling
when your cheek is so low to the ground
you can see the cracks under a door
but what can you do?

Take a sickle to the flag.
Supplant. Supplant. Supplant.
And be wary of the pin-hole
at the back of the room.


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.