‘If You Hear a Baby Crying’
by Gay Lynch
Imagine, late one afternoon, you descend three steep, shade-filigreed staircases with your daughter to buy flowers and sandalwood chicken, the baby swaddled and cocooned in his silk sling, sleeping against her breast, to Hollywood Road, where you can find antique shops, galleries and arty coffee shops. Banyon trees with blackened trunks fan over the mossy steps, their roots insinuate fissures and sprawl over leafy stonewalls. You get caught up in the rush of people navigating the crowded pavements, finishing work or changing shift, picking up dinner from the American Groceries Supermarket or promenading in the cool evening air.
Volume 62 Number 2, November 2017
Cover: I Dewa Putu Mokoh, The Antique Shop, 1991, Chinese ink and acrylic on canvas, 80 x 60cm. Courtesy of Mary Hill and the late Chris Hill. Image by Brad Coleman/John Curtin Gallery. © I Dewa Putu Mokoh 1991.
With writing, translations and ideas from: The Melbourne-Seoul Poetry Exchange, the China-Australia Writing Centre, John Mateer, Rina Kikuchi, Dai Fan, Shane McCauley, Roanna Gonsalves, Elizabeth Tan, Dennis Haskell, Isabelle Li, Fiona Morrison, Agustinus Wibowo, Timmah Ball, Yujing Liang, Shane Strange, Ella Jeffery and many more.
Issue 62.2 continues Westerly‘s focus on writing and culture from the Indian Ocean and East Asian regions. Westerly 62.2 is a curated collection of work by more than 60 writers. It includes three special features of collaborative and cultural exchange writing between an exciting selection of Australian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese writers.
Special Feature: The Melbourne-Seoul Intercultural Poetry Exchange
Special Feature: Contemporary Japanese Poets in Translation
Special Feature: The China–Australia Writing Centre