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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... no. 226 Autumn 2017 of Overland est. 1954 Overland
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'When does a life bend toward freedom? grasp its direction?

How do you know you're not circling in pale dreams, nostalgia, stagnation’

'So asked Adrienne Rich, documenter of exiles, revolutionaries and the twentieth century. Too often, our response to uncertainty and impending apocalypse is that we must save this world - a world of yearning for counterfeit yesterdays and rehabilitated tomorrows. Or worse, for things to continue as they are, as we have come to believe they have always been; a world we are told is ‘already great’, ad nauseam.' (Jacinda Woodhead, Editorial Introduction)


  • Other works not individually indexed include:

    It is still the Balanda way by Amy Thomas

    On the unbearable closeness of others by Giovanni Tiso

    – ‘Law and order’ by CJ Chanco

    All worlds die by Angus Reoch

    The quest for primordial whiteness by Ramon Glazov

    Symptoms of stasis by Rory Dufficy

    To be a queer teacher by Elizabeth Sutherland

    Lost objects by Andrew Dean

    A consequence of things by Nigerian writer Afopefoluwa Ojo


* Contents derived from the 2017 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
On Losing John Berger, Alison Croggon , single work obituary

'Today I read that you had died.

'I can’t stop the ache in my throat, the breaking pressure in my chest, even though you are no more absent to me now than you have ever been. I only knew you through your writing: novels, essays, poems – and once a letter, written in blue biro on the back of a bill, in response to one of mine.' (Introduction)

(p. 25-26)
Judges’ Report, Jill Jones , Toby Fitch , single work column

'It has been a pleasure and an honour to judge the 2016 Judith Wright Prize for Emerging Poets. While reading the entries, we kept in mind Wright’s words on the central cultural role poetry plays:

I think poetry should be treated, not as a lofty art separated from life, but as a way of seeing and expressing not just the personal view, but the whole context of the writer’s times.


(p. 28)
Many Girls White Lineni"no mist no mystery", Alison Whittaker , single work poetry
Judges Report : In Alison Whittaker’s ‘MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN’, which placed equal first, the plight of First Nations peoples is front and centre. Through its torsional rhymes and rhythms, the poem eviscerates the iconic whiteness of Picnic at Hanging Rock and stuns with its own iconic imagery: ‘amongst gums collecting grit / where blak girls hang / nails’. The poem is, to quote Whittaker, ‘raw rousing horrifying’.
(p. 29-30)
OK Cupidi"A man who ‘writes’ messages me on OkCupid saying he won’t read other authors,", Holly Isemonger , single work poetry
Judges Report : Holly Isemonger’s ‘OK cupid’, the other equal first-place prizewinner, is a dark, post-digital love poem in which the words of three stanzas are recombined to tell a warped tale about the split-second decisions one makes in the world of online dating. The poem could be seen as a nocturne: the words rotate almost musically, but the recombinations also deconstruct the events within the poem. ‘OK cupid’ shows how repetition is really, in Gertrude Stein’s sense, insistence.
(p. 31)
Atchinson Road Cutbacki"It’s weird to start at track two:", Lachlan Brown , single work poetry (p. 32)
‘Self-Division : Little Song Selections, Lachlan Brown , sequence poetry
Judge's Report: Lachlan Brown’s ‘Self-division: little song selections’, this year’s runner-up, is a series of playful but moody sonnets set in suburban Western Sydney, structured around the prime-numbered tracks of what could be a hoax record by an unknown band. Brown’s breathtaking enjambments (‘those ads you accident- / ally click on before the world / explodes’) give the malle(y)able sonnet form yet another lease of life.
(p. 32-34)
Flickpass Reformationi"You own that thick guilt,", Lachlan Brown , single work poetry (p. 33)
General Revelationi"Ambulance Doppler approach, so", Lachlan Brown , single work poetry (p. 33)
Mindfulness Zombie Trust Exercisei"Omphagic colouring-in, like he’s", Lachlan Brown , single work poetry (p. 34)
Out of Timersi"He’s jamming the scanner so", Lachlan Brown , single work poetry (p. 34)
On Being Likeable, Mel Campbell , single work column
'To a kid, waves look huge. When I was young, I would stand chest-deep in the ocean, feeling bold but anxious as each wave loomed; I would have just seconds to gauge how to react.' (Introduction)
(p. 35-36)
Switchi"my heart is a nude bulb. Or is it", Omar Sakr , single work poetry (p. 37)
A Lunar Binge, Omar Sakr , single work prose (p. 38)
Old Growth / High Definitioni"tiny lantana clots burning in jam jars light the way", Dan Hogan , single work poetry (p. 39)
On Responsibility, Natalie Harkin , single work column
'When I’m asked why I write poetry, what drives my writing, my answer usually settles on notions of responsibility that are not straightforward or easy to define. It can be a cathartic-compelling, a way of processing and responding to unexpected triggers, or reading and experiencing the work of others.' (Introduction)
(p. 51-52)
The War Is a Bird with a Broken Wing, Andrei Seleznev , single work short story
'In a Moscow apartment that has been without hot water for days, a mother watches the Olympic opening ceremony with her husband and son. Here’s the best bit, the Parade of Nations – here comes Slovakia! Here comes Spain! Here come our guys, here comes Russia! The family cheers, and when it’s Ukraine’s turn, her son asks why their flag has such funny colours. It’s an unfortunate question to ask, but Ukraine was bound to come up eventually, so she is not so much surprised as resigned. It’s the feeling she gets when an electricity bill arrives at the end of winter.' (Introduction)
(p. 66-68)
Super Falling Star, Helen Dinmore , single work short story (p. 75-81)
The Trip, Katy Warner , single work short story (p. 82-87)
Lament of a Bus Stop Outside the Benrath Senior Centre, David Cohen , single work short story
East West Tiger, John Scholz , single work short story

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