Yumna Kassab is the author of The House of Youssef, Australiana and The Lovers. She has been listed for the Stella, the Queensland Literary Awards, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, the NSW Premier’s Awards and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her next book is Politica. It will be released by Ultimo Press in January 2024.
GR OnlineTHIS IS MY address, Gabrielle, to you and to no one else. You are the person I wish to speak to about the tumult of recent weeks. Remember how I told you that when I have my first sentence and have weighed it, then I know I have my piece? I have my sentence now. I have my foundation, I have my structure, I have at last the language that will allow me to speak.
Infinity plus one
It is a zero, measured at a millimetre, that represents the barrier between two lovers, no matter how closely they touch. It is that zero that Fielden drew 800,000 times to create The Veil, aided by an architectural pen and a magnifying glass. These thousands of zeroes are lined up neatly, row upon row, and from a distance they create the effect of blurring lines. Up close, however, are the zeroes: individual, spaced, painstakingly arranged, the task of many months.
PoetryOur old gods they are called false they are cut from the land like a mountain nothing holds firm the earth the hand will rise up striking us clear we are pestilence we are dust shrugged skin stripped a back the feet...