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Volume 8 (2011) Tide Edition 8

Editorial
For the first few days it seemed perfectly possible to pull together a literary journal in ten weeks — starting with no submissions, no design layout, and no money. After ten weeks of pressure and doom, it at last seems possible again. We’d like you to meet the 2011 edition of Tide. Look into the cover and tell us what you see. There are no wrong answers. Except for the one you’re thinking of. 2011 brings the largest Tide issue yet — in scope as well as pure size. Its cover strains to hold in pieces from local writers as well as interstate and international offerings. From poetry to prose to monologue, from coming of age tales to affairs with refrigerators, Tide has it covered. We’ve put together an issue where, we feel, even the most eccentric reader can find something written just for them. We were attracted to pieces that blurred boundaries and looked at familiar themes in a new way. You’ll find pieces that mix teen angst with text adventure brushing up against twisted interpretations of romantic bliss. Our contributors will carry you wide-eyed to the roar and grit of the streets of Saigon, to Bali’s exotic shores, and back again with unexpected homegrown tales. These pieces will cause you to look again, seeing some new quirk that you’d swear wasn’t there the first time. So look at the cover again. Really? That’s interesting. Now tell me about your mother....

Contents

Prose
Patrick Lenton - Sheila Discovers Magnetism - 9
Sarah Massih - I Should Probably Do A Lot of Things - 16
Daniel Fudge - The Magpie (Harwood Revisited) - 20
Amy Wheeler - Office Romance - 26
Madelaine Dickie - Ibu Wayan's Courtyard Garden - 30
Bettina Tyrrell - The Production of Art and the Demise of NASA - 37
Paul Pearson - Things - 42
Jess Southwell - Sketch - 48
Jessica Cooper - Fifteen Minutes - 52
Donna Waters - And it's Not Really Any of Your Business Anyway is it? - 61
Will English - Vigil - 63
Melanie Doncas - Veins - 66
Jamila Choubassi - Whoso Diggeth a Pit - 71
Jess Southwell - Between Landscapes - 76
Melanie Apps - Life Coach - 77
Luke Rule - Rocket Science - 82
Gordon Knyvett - Enter Name - 92
Allison Belgre - Because of Adelaide - 102
Kate Liston - Secrets of the Skin - 114
Lia Sparks - Perfect Strangers - 117
Libby Popper - Vice Versa - 123
Matt Young - Clean-Ups - 125
Jessica Canero - My Sister's Birthday - 133
Gilly Grundy - I Wouldn't Share Her With Anyone - 139
Amy Wheeler - Empty - 142
Spence Powell - Seven Excerpts - 144

Poetry
Leo Hunt - A Spring Wolf - 12
Adam Formosa - Lexapro - 15
Adam Carr - Forest Fires - 22
Arcadia Lyons - Stargazers - 24
Leo Clayton - Toga Shindig - 28
Leo Clayton - The Adults Only Joke Book - 46
Tayne Ephraim - Saigon Filth - 50
Madelaine Dickie - Namibian Apartheid (Walvis Bay) - 57
Debi Hamilton - 2.04 am - 65
Adam Formosa - Roidtart - 74
Sally Evans - Calypso - 81
Adam Carr - Dunhill Blues, 3.18 am - 90
Leo Clayton - Illawarra Bird Observers Club - 100
Jude Aquilina - Painting a Room - 107
Zoe Dzunko - Upstairs a Woman is Crying - 108
Matilda Grogan - Blood - 112
Kyra Bandte - Sirens - 116
Sally Evans - Echo - 122
Bridget Lutherborrow - Cutout - 132

Monologues
Shay Chungue - The Considerate Bastard - 59
Elizabeth Julian-Tivoli - How to Build an In-Ground Swimming Pool - 86
Kate McDowell - The Cliffs of Moher - 109
Author Biographies - 149

Journal Article

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Tide Edition 8
Jessica Cooper, Kate McDowell, Luke Rule, Jess Southwell, and Bettina Tyrrell