Coze Journal Issue 2 was published in December 2018 and is available for purchase in person at any of our events.
This second issue of Coze collects writing under the theme of ‘change’. Change is something that affects us all, whether we welcome it or not. Every second the world is changing and so are we, in ways that we might never have expected. Do we embrace this, or fight it? What does it mean to
Cover illustration by Sally Henderson.
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Editor In Chief - Max Vos
No man ever steps in the same river twice,
for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
Lives can be measured by the paths crossed, the serendipitous encounters and small accumulations of memories in belongings and gifts. Change is embedded in these moments, in every universal process: from fusion to entropy, to the small bursts of electricity that fire in your neurons. Change is something that affects us all, whether or not it’s welcomed. It is a necessary part of the process of drawing closer to the future. It is temporal and simultaneously grounded in space - in mountains that peak and in a caterpillar's metamorphosis. Every piece of writing and artwork included in this second issue of Coze Journal is inspired by this theme of change.
You might be inclined to think that such a topic is easy, too broad, because of the nature of storytelling itself. Every narrative itself involves some kind of transformation, and if you’re familiar with the Hero’s Journey you’ll know it just makes for great storytelling to have a character overcome a challenge through which they realise something about themselves or their world. I think you might find that, instead, it’s tenuous. It is a task to grasp the concept of change and fit it to just one story, which is why it makes a perfect common thread through the following issue. In the following collection, change is a slippery subject which each author perceives in their own unique and intricate ways, pulls apart and applies like paint to their prose and poems.
The editorial team of this year’s Coze was an honour to work with: a group of fresh faces and new talent for the club. I’d like to thank (in no particular order) Nikita Binetti, Cassandra Elliott, Simeon Neo, Georgie Sweeting and Jade Joynes for volunteering their time and energy to help the Curtin Writers Club publish writing on our website, in addition to the journal. They have been a reliable and exciting team to work with and I wish them all the best for their futures. The writing was a joy to read and it was difficult to select from the wide array of evidently talented creators who left their work in our inbox. Sending your writing in anywhere can be difficult, and we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read each and every person’s submission.
This year, the team have decided to do something a little different. This is the first year that we have chosen a piece for the “Editor’s Choice” award. This issue the honour goes to Leon Teller, for their piece World, 28B. Teller’s command of prose and ease in crafting a compelling story should be commended, and it is well situated amongst the other twenty stories that are collected here.
It is not only difficult for emerging writers to be published in print, but also illustrators. This is the first issue that also incorporates the work of illustrators - Sarah McKay, Aleksey Mazur, and our cover artist Sally Henderson - from the Curtin Illustration Club. We hope that this Coze, and its future issues, is a space for experimentation, variety and inclusivity.
In a world that’s constantly changing around us - with or without our consent - it’s good to have stories that ruminate on the nature of change. I hope this issue of Coze serves that purpose.
The editorial team and I all saw something in these stories that we hope you’ll see too.
shift + home | Jo Newman
[p.4] Physical violence
The Winch Handle | Penny Walker
[p.18] death, domestic abuse
Listen | Domi Byrne
[p.48] Rape/sexual assault, drug abuse, vomiting
Quarter | Jade Richards
[p.70] Suicide, adolescent death
Seasons | Zahra Loot
[p.73] Terminal illness, death,