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Issue Details: First known date: 2021... no. 242 Autumn 2021 of Overland est. 1954 Overland
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'Overland was founded with dual commitments to literary quality, and to publishing and fostering diverse writers. At the Widest extremes of certain kind of argument these priorities can be placed into a false dichotomy, and made to seem mutually antagonistic, but during our first year's tenure as editors we've had the pleasure of working with brilliant writers informed by a wealth of diverging experiences. This issue proudly continues that commitment with a panoply of incisive essays of widely varying styles and subjects, the results of 2020's Judith Wright and Neilma Sidney prizes, and a selection of fiction and poetry bringing emerging voices.' (Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk: Editorial introduction)


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* Contents derived from the 2021 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Invisible Sea, Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn , single work essay
'Ridges curl like surf, plateaus sit like creme-brulee atop crumbling ledges, scraped away by greedy spoons of erosion. Untidy waterholes yawn like oysters and unravel into thirsty oxbows.. A stinging, sandy whip of river tapers into split ends. Tributaries spool out from rivers, tangling in the mountains slumped like of dogs, guarding the horizon. (Introduction)
(p. 3-21)
Libations, Cherry Zheng , single work essay

'TW: torture

My mother calls her arrival in Australia 'the years of hell'. In one story, she worked at the dry cleaners for an unbroken days. By happy accident, she never left. Thanks to Bob Hawke's tearful tribute, she stumbled into citizenship after 1989, the winner of a grisly scratchcard along with some forty thousand other Chinese. To this day, she votes Labor.' (Introduction)

(p. 22-24)
'A House in the Country Spells Death', Aidan Coleman , single work essay
'The first thing Ranald Allan and his friends heard, after they passed through customs at Sydney airport, was John Forbes' booming deadpan, reciting the poem: 'Up, Up, Home & Away'. ' (Introduction)
(p. 34-42)
Border Control : Meditationsi"Were you born on a Thursday in Cleopatra", Sara Saleh , single work poetry (p. 57-58)
Bidjigal Double Brick Dreamingi"The smell of Jasmine", Brooke Scobie , single work poetry (p. 59-60)
Book of Hoursi"this is the poem from my dream I say / office hours are a myth / publishing poems is money for", Harry Reid , single work poetry (p. 62)
A Brief Story about Handsi"I woke to find", Debbie Lim , single work poetry (p. 63)
Banksiai"a black", Tess Ridgway , single work poetry (p. 64)
After Lifei"after the fact / they will position / our limbs heads and feet", Debbie Lim , single work poetry (p. 64)
First, Do No Harmi"It will probably start with something that seems pretty reasonable,", Jordan Barling , single work poetry (p. 65)
Customs Declarationi"Beginning our decent with a banking turn of phrase and amusement", Nick Powell , single work poetry (p. 66)
Conspiracy Theory Is Contemporary Genre Literaturei"1. the task isn’t to tell the truth / but to induce", Louis Armand , single work poetry (p. 67)
The Case of G : A Child Raised by Trains, Tricia Dearborn , single work short story (p. 69-72)
Anchor Point, Allison Browning , single work short story (p. 73-77)
Mary Regards the Virgin, Jo Langdon , single work short story (p. 78-82)
Why Green When Silver, Jordan de Visser , single work short story (p. 83-87)
The Wild Red Herbivore, Karen A. Johnson , single work short story (p. 88-93)

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