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Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing sensational, sold-out live events.
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Where fierce, fresh writing lives. Here you’ll find opinions, profiles, poetry, stories, reviews, treasures from our archives and food for the mind. All the things you need to go down swinging.

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Everything from sound projects to spoken word, from past editions and new content commissioned for online publication.

Dark Tunnels

A Sydney commute uncovers some of the city's hidden histories. By Philip Keenan.

New Slang

Food for Thought: The Birth of the SecondBite Poetry Prize

Anne M. Carson looks at some of the grassroots efforts being made to tackle social issues of food waste and hunger, and her journey towards the creation of the...

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Snow-White and Rose-Red by the Brothers Grimm

Sir Tramsalot

Your daily commute will never be the same. By Ben Hutchings.

Wardrobe

The Waves

Two People Write Letters to each Other about Things That Happen While They are Travelling in Different Countries Even Though, Sometimes, Not a Lot Actually Happens: Part I

Oliver Mol and Katia Pase revive the epistolary form by writing to each other – across continents.

Disappointing Japonica

Jennifer Compton revisits, ponders and critiques one of her earlier poems, ‘Woman With Japonica’, from her first book of poetry. I went out for a walk and a wander...

The Switcheroo

Catholicism Can Be Sexy: Finding Poetry In the Pews

It was the Church that taught me first about the body.

My First Orgy