Gracia Haby
Looking and almost never finding
June, 2011
Digital print zine
Edition of 60


A 10.5cm X 15cm, colour (inside) and B&W (cover) zine with a five page concertina insert and pale grey card cover. The binding mirroring that of a souvenir postcard foldout booklet, this zine features original postcard collages, and it was created especially for the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2011.

Collage on postcard, 2011
Titles of works as they appear in the zine:
So full the sky (cover)
Easily detectable, we’d thought
A fluttering of wings
Looking up at the moon above
In magical stillness
With a certain sense of security, the swamp wallaby paused and took in his new surrounds


For those of you who felt the pull of the familiar, the title of this zine is drawn from a line in Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea:

He was sorry for the birds, especially the small delicate dark terns that were always flying and looking and almost never finding, and he thought, The birds have a harder life than we do except for the robber birds and the heavy strong ones. Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?