Yumna Kassab is the author of two books. The House of Youssef (Giramondo, 2019) was longlisted for the Stella Prize and shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Queensland Literary Awards. Australiana will be released in 2022 by Ultimo Press.
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...