Published 1 September 2009 · Main Posts haiku for jesus Overland Overloaded Ben Pobjie is New Matilda’s resident satirist, a jack-of-all-writing-trades and quite possibly the most side-splittingly offensive poet in Melbourne (for proof, come see his Overload events at La Mama Poetica or catch him on Friday during the Overload Poets Pub Crawl – you won’t correct me). Pobjie is a novelist, stand-up comic, journalist and poet, and for the next fortnight he also joins the Overland Overloaded team in covering the 2009 Overload Poetry Festival. You can expect glowing reviews from Pobjie in addition to scathing ones as, in the interest of subjectivity, he’s been given full leave to review his own performances. To kick off his odd brand of slightly wrong, but strangely endearing, banter for Overland Overloaded, Pobjie has haiku-ed (new word?) about the Bar Open Jesus Slam tomorrow evening (if you’re asking wtf?, see the below post). The Jesus Slam is a qualifier for the 2009 Overload Poetry Slam Final. Haiku for Jesus Jesus, son of God Moves in mysterious ways Probably he’s drunk For at Bar Open Jesus will appear on stage And abuse poets Ten dollars is won For poet who expresses Christ-like qualities Poems can be long If you want to bore us all The ninja will strike Not a normal slam You may speak your mind, because We’re going to Hell This is why we go To slams, to spout wank on stage Judges crucify Overland Overloaded More by Overland Overloaded › 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 8 September 202326 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Judith Wright Poetry Prize ($9000) Editorial Team Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (that is writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published). It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world. In 2023, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202315 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize ($6500) Editorial Team Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career.