10 November 201128 March 2012 Main Posts Tearing down walls Koraly Dimitriadis Sometimes I get so tired of words. They pour out of me. It is not words that I lack. It is the discipline to arrange the words in a way that best articulates what it is I am trying to say. I’m trying to tear down walls, layers and layers of walls. Emotional walls, cultural walls, female walls, writing and publishing industry walls. But sometimes it’s best just to shut up and say everything you want to say in a single photo. So I’m going to keep this post brief, and let the photo say the rest. After the debate here on Overland in response to my post ‘Poetry or Pornography’ I had a long think about things. I do that a lot. Sometimes I comment or post things that I regret later. There are a lot of things I want to say but I am only going to stick with one and let the photo say the rest. Many people ask me, why Ben? And the reason is simple, and there is no need for me to bring feminist theories into it and get all political. I am drawn to his honesty because I too am an honest writer. I am drawn to his artistic freedom because I too follow the same philosophy. The question is not whether or not Ben is sexist. The question is what kind of society do we live in that Ben, an honest, decent man, is writing what he is writing. This photo shoot, conceptualised by Jenny Poulakos, photographed by Art of the State Filmworks with hair and makeup by Kaliopi Malamas, was executed with the literature both Ben and I have created in mind, and the chemistry that brings both of us together. All parties involved are familiar with mine and Ben’s work and intentions. The full series can be seen on Ben’s website, Horrorsleazetrash. This photo was also chosen to promote the gig Ben and I are doing together at Polyester books on Friday 11.11.11 at 7:30pm. Just as we did at the launch of my poetry chap book, Love and Fuck Poems (which has been picked up by a Cypriot publisher to be translated into Greek), Ben and I will once again engage in a poetry war, poem for poem, only this time we will be taking the poetry out onto Brunswick Street, to the people. The gig has been promoted by RRR and in Beat magazine where the photo was featured on their home page when our interview was first published. Koraly Dimitriadis Koraly is a widely published Cypriot-Australian writer and performer. She is the author of the controversial Love and F**k Poems. Koraly received an Australia Council ArtStart grant. She presents on 3CR radio and has a residency at Brunswick Street Bookstore. Her 2013 La Mama show is Exonerating The Body. She is mentored by Christos Tsiolkas. More by Koraly Dimitriadis Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 24 February 202317 March 2023 Main Posts Final Results of the 2022 Judith Wright Poetry Prize Editorial Team Overland, the judges and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation are thrilled to announce the final results of the 2022 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. First published in Overland Issue 228 24 February 202317 March 2023 Main Posts Final Results of the 2022 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize Editorial Team Overland, the judges and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation are thrilled to announce the final results of the 2022 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.