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All Sewn Up: Louise Bourgeois's Materiality

I went to the recent exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’s late works at Heide twice, the second time with my mother. I could tell you every work in the exhibition,...

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Stories and Poems:

Excerpt from 'The Novel Teacher'

This is a sneak preview from our up-coming Going Down Swinging #33 from Eric Yoshiaki Dando’s short story The Novel Teacher. We will be launching the new GDS #33...

On the Attractions of Innocence

We can never go back, never return. You smile as you scoop sangria from the bowl, finger my albums’ battered covers. We can’t recall what it is to know...

On Writing:

A Freelancer's Guide to Europe: London

Online editor Megan Anderson gives up a roof, friends and financial stability to write around Europe.

Teaching Poetry under Bunjil

Paul Mitchell reflects on his experience running Australian Poetry-sponsored workshops with the Aboriginal community at Lake Tyers, Victoria. I’m standing on the balcony of the Lake Tyers Indigenous Training...

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The harsh, joyless critic who lives inside me put down Huckleberry Finn and thought, ‘more like the NOT-adventures of Huckleberry Finn’

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

More like Theodore Dreiser-bone. That was a witty quip to connote that he’s boring, and not some kind of reference to a rural raincoat.