Poetry

Whoso Curseth

May your mohel have a touch of the palsy. (traditional Jewish) * Die, may he: Tiger, catch him; Snake bite him; Steep hill, fall down on him; River, flow over him; Wild boar, bite him. (traditional curse of the Todas of South India) He should have a large store, and whatever people ask for he shouldn’t have, and what he does have shouldn’t be requested. (contemporary Jewish) Cursed be your mother’s anus. Cursed be your father’s testicles. (traditional Yoruba verbal duelling curse) May the village matchmaker pair you up with Mel Gibson’s distant relative! (contemporary Jewish) For not letting your parents arrange your…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles

Digital Subscription

$68/ YR

Get the latest ideas from Australia’s most insightful writers.

Subscribe

  • Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Printed & Digital Subscription

$87/ YR

For avid readers of leading ideas
from Australia’s brightest.

Subscribe

  • Printed & Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Quadrant Patron

$300/ YR

Show your support for Australia’s
most open minded publication.

Subscribe

  • Quadrant Patron includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  • All new editions of Quadrant Books
  • Exclusive invitations to Quadrant Dinners, book launches and events.