11 November 202214 November 2022 Poetry On not writing poetry Evelyn Araluen On reading Bonney, on reading Faulkner, on reading Fanon, on reading Mieville read Marx at my desk while listening to Fisher on Audible tell me ‘those who can’t remember the past are condemned to have it resold to them forever’ and then rewatching again again that scene where the dead friend says she will take the displaced surplus of love that grief leaves for us to swallow for herself, the room a tender glow from steampunk LEDs I splurged on at the reconstructed crude oil store with money I was paid for poems howling to the dead, on spilling fake wine across every restless urgent vital document I’m yet to read, on the citational praxis of begging him to stay in this world forever, on and against the commonwealth, in and against the violence of language hidden in the books they never wanted the dirty hoarding masses to read, on the power of states to misremember us how we learnt the things that kill them, on the black cockatoos rising from the still-swamped scrub, on the humming nostalgia of the screen as my lofi-beats-to-study-to-wife turns her gaze to the moon, on her place too against the wall as we condemn those who attempt to resell us peace forever, on the things we gave to the fire, things we lost to the flood, on the earned necessity of revolution as the only way we have to forgive ourselves, the ghosts we disappointed, on the haunting that is the only thing left to do, burning evening light through bare branches of trees that don’t belong in this land, on the arrangement of electricity required to memorialise you, against the dead centre of this poem, on the names I swore to take with me. Evelyn Araluen Evelyn Araluen is a poet, educator, and co-editor of Overland. Her Stella Prize winning book DROPBEAR was published by UQP in 2021. Born, raised, and writing in Dharug country, she is a Bundjalung descendant. She tweets at @evelynaraluen More by Evelyn Araluen 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 25 November 202228 November 2022 Poetry Poetry | Summer animal Jini Maxwell This summer I can feel myself turning back into an animal. I wake up early and seek out trees, walking through the expansive quiet of the park until the heat starts feeling sharp on my skin. I leave the blinds closed, so when I return home the building is dark and familiar, and as I shut the door behind me I feel a satisfaction I can only describe as territorial. 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 9 November 20229 November 2022 Activism A poetry of justice: on Lionel Fogarty John Kinsella Fogarty’s is a unique and essential poetic voice in ‘world’ poetry, that has determinedly pushed change in ‘Australian poetry’, and maybe most relevantly, has disrupted both English usage in Australia, and even taken this use well beyond hybridity into a full-blown reclaiming of the space of meaning of words that is anti-colonial, decolonising and, actually, revolutionary.