Maxine Beneba Clarke
is The Saturday Paper’s poet laureate, and the author of The Hate Race and Foreign Soil. She is a winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.

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poetry February 01, 2019

The monsters are out

the monsters are out and the women of melbourne              we're leaving early again sending are you home? texts glancing over shivering shoulders keeping friends on the line until the key's in the lock oh sisters           …

poetry February 02, 2019

Ancient Giants

                   we’ll say the summer right before was blue-green algae bastard took the bony bream      and silver perch reckon it grew from heat and farming run-off cyanobacteria is what they said                    and …

opinion February 02, 2019

Ancient Giants

                   we’ll say the summer right before was blue-green algae bastard took the bony bream      and silver perch reckon it grew from heat and farming run-off cyanobacteria is what they said    …

Fiction December 22, 2018

Louisiana heron

A new short story from an award-winning author.

Culture December 15, 2018

Author Melissa Lucashenko aims for the heart

Melissa Lucashenko’s latest novel, Too Much Lip, exhibits a sharp defiance inspired by the author’s discovery of a gutsy family matriarch. She talks about family, country and mysterious mergings of fact and fiction. “I’ve only once started a novel I didn’t go ahead with. A novel is a huge undertaking, so I’m loath to rush in. It’s like waiting for fruit to ripen. There’s a certain berry that ripens at Easter, and there’s no point looking for it at Christmas time.”

Portrait August 11, 2018

Playwright, director and dramaturge Declan Greene

In the writing room with playwright Declan Greene

Culture May 26, 2018

Ai Weiwei’s lens on humanity

The artist Ai Weiwei refuses to shy away from tragedy or grief, working with an uncomfortable proximity between art and subject. He speaks on the release of his film on the refugee crisis, Human Flow. ‘It’s not just understanding. It requires you to find a language, so that you can give dignity to the subject matter.’ The line is cotton-thin.

Portrait April 07, 2018

Rapper L-Fresh the Lion

How hip-hop offered a language for a Sydney Sikh and lead him to take the name L-Fresh the Lion.

Life February 24, 2018

Black History Month

As the US celebrates Black History Month, a reflection on African diaspora Australians and the indelible mark its forebears left on this country.