‘”We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” as the famous Joan Didion quote goes, and perhaps it’s our stories that keep us alive when we’re gone – a stab at immortality. But if a story cannot be told – if its last teller disappears beneath the last wave with the crumbling bowsprit – then the shape of its narrative is necessarily upended, incomplete. Who knows what has happened or where? Someone has to survive; the longboat or the yawl has to make it back. Otherwise the story sinks, forgotten, into the ocean.’
In ‘Mirror rim: Lost and found in the Abrolhos’, from Griffith Review 47: Looking West, Ashley Hay delivers a poetic account of her trip to the Abrolhos islands, off the coast of Geraldton. Her experiences were haunted and enriched by the natural beauty, the isolation, and the weight of the past – in particular, the infamous wreckage... Read more
In ‘Persephone’s picnic: A meeting of minds in the desert’, from Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future, Kieran Finnane describes how Jungian analyst Craig San Roque is forging understanding and accord between Aboriginal communities and European settlers via the use of ancient Greek myths of agriculture and fertility.
Kieran Finnane is a journalist and arts writer. She has lived in Alice Springs since 1987. A founding journalist of the Alice Springs News, she also contributes arts writing and journalism to national publications. Her book, Trouble: On Trial in Central Australia, was published by UQP in 2016.
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‘The past is a place that fades from your mind as you drive steadily into the darkness ahead. When you leave your mother, or your childhood, there is no return; instead, you find some way to forge ahead, to remake whatever has been unmade and to strip away those parts of yourself that threaten the life you’ve patched together.’
In his piece from Griffith Review 55: State of Hope, ‘Bigger than heaven’, Shannon Burns struggles to come to terms with his vain and violent mother, and his dysfunctional childhood in Elizabeth North.
Shannon Burns lives in Adelaide with his wife and two sons.