Tag: letter from the editor

On Rain

By Naomi Riddle — 29 March, 2021

“About an hour ago she surfaced and shook her arms and peered around and dived again and surfaced and saw someone and dived again and surfaced.” Alice Oswald, Nobody (2019)   “Where there is no room for reflection, there is none either for justice or prudence.” Simone Weil, ‘The Iliad or The Poem of Force’…

On Crows

By Naomi Riddle — 27 November, 2020

‘Perfect devices: doctors, ghosts, crows. We can do things other characters can’t, like eat sorrow, un-birth secrets and have theatrical battles with language and God. I was friend, excuse, deus ex machina, joke, symptom, figment, spectre, crutch, toy, phantom, gag, analyst and babysitter.’ Max Porter, Grief is the thing with feathers (2015)   In February,…

On Writing and Not Writing

By Naomi Riddle — 30 September, 2020

‘It was a time governed by contradictions, as in I felt nothing and I was afraid.’ Louise Glück, ‘Landscape’, Averno (2006) ‘When I say ‘I,’ when I say ‘my,’ I am behaving like a fruitfully messy lump.’ Wayne Koestenbaum, Figure It Out (2020)    Two weeks ago, I injured my right knee. Now, when I…

On Repair

By Naomi Riddle — 29 May, 2020

‘Quarantine didn’t just take things away; it revealed—with a harsh, unrelenting clarity—what had already been lost.’ Leslie Jamison, ‘When the world went away, we made a new one’, New York Times Magazine, (19/05/20)   The world of Covid-19 is a world where Donald J. Trump rolls the dice on a re-election bid and decides 100,000…

On Waiting

By Naomi Riddle — 31 March, 2020

‘In this moment, we have been asked to mitigate being numerous together. Solidarity in the pandemic, for those in my position, is situated in not making things worse; this we can choose.’ Natasha Lennard, ‘After the Quarantine, the Flood’, Commune, (2020) ‘Go back to Tolstoy, forget the dystopias you got second-hand from crappy TV, say…

On Pencils

By Naomi Riddle — 28 February, 2020

‘The space between art for others and art for the self must be simultaneous, contradictory, vulnerable: slanted.’ Terrance Hayes, To Float in the Space Between (2018), p. 113-4     I am not writing to you about Bridget McKenzie or the sports rort scandal or pork barrelling. I am not writing to you about ministerial…

On Striking

By Naomi Riddle — 27 September, 2019

‘The story of the earth—the story of its ‘symphonic synergies’ in which its parts renew each other, in which everything conspires with everything else to bring forth new life (where even death is converted back into life)—is itself on the edge of unravelling.’ Delia Falconer, ‘The Opposite of Glamour’, Sydney Review of Books, (2017) ‘Although the goal—the…

On Shifting the Balance

By Naomi Riddle — 30 August, 2019

‘She thinks of language partly as a system, partly as a living thing over which one has control, but mostly as agency—as an act with consequences.’ Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture, (7 December, 1993)   Last week Diversity Arts Australia released Shifting the Balance, a report detailing the cultural diversity in leadership roles across Australia’s arts,…