8 November 20099 December 2009 Main Posts The story (a poem) Koraly Dimitriadis The story must come out, ripping like hurls of vomit / of an infectious plague that locks away crazy. It tears at a body that coughs up in resistance / green phlegm and acid / with seized up hands of sand. The story must come out / at the ‘You’re not going in there, Mummy’ / and the ‘one more cuddle, Mummy’ / You’re a shitty mummy, Mummy / where is your next child, Mummy / you should clean, Mummy / or work, Mummy / stop chasing dreams, Mummy. You – are – a – fucking – lousy – mummy, Mummy. The story will come out / against walls of fucking brick / of ‘no children at Rosebank – sorry that’s for dedicated writers to finish their manuscripts’ / and ‘your submission’s unsuccessful but please celebrate our writers’. The story will punch out / at the ‘I won’t read your work you didn’t read mine’ / at the snubby elite / while I drag heaviness through fields of mud. Why am I doing this again? Oh – right – the story’s got to come out. It shrills out in the night where wide eyeballs scribble notes / and voices not mine scream lost. Varuna deadlines loom / ‘Why aren’t you coming to my birthday?’ Where’s my sister, Koraly? My cousin, Koraly? My wife, Koraly? Is that Ella in Cyprus or me? Is that Ella in love or me? Is that Ella fighting with Harry or me? Is that Ella slashing her wrists or me? Koraly Dimitriadis Koraly is a widely published Cypriot-Australian writer and performer. She is the author of the controversial Love and F**k Poems. Koraly received an Australia Council ArtStart grant. She presents on 3CR radio and has a residency at Brunswick Street Bookstore. Her 2013 La Mama show is Exonerating The Body. She is mentored by Christos Tsiolkas. More by Koraly Dimitriadis 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 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?