12 February 201015 February 2010 Main Posts They tell me I should go to rehab, I say: no prose, no prose, no prose. Maxine Beneba Clarke there will be no poetry on the overland blog we will not be able to haiku or rhyme couplets or upload audio there will be no sonnets or free verse or fixed verse we will not hip hop or scatterbug or freestyle your ears will not be challenged by it your minds will not be stretched by it your heart will not be pierced by it poetry will not be blogged here will not be blogged here will not be blogged here we will not be able to slam up or slam down or slam around poetry will not be whispered spoken or written you will not be able to comment on it criticise it or download it we will not reach you by webcam or twitter note or youtube post we will not be able to howl in pentameter iambicly amble or laughingly limerick poetry will not raise your spirit check your conscience or musically align your ears there will be no poetry there will be no poetry there will be no poetry here Maxine Beneba Clarke Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author and slam poet of Afro- Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction and the 2015 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her memoir, The Hate Race, her poetry collection Carrying the World, and her first children’s book, The Patchwork Bike, will be published by Hachette in late 2016. More by Maxine Beneba Clarke 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?