Published in Overland Issue Print Issue 199 Winter 2010 · Main Posts / Writing Valley Gutter J K Murphy His rust-wrecked roof with a hole Big as a fist is replaced by Zincalum glittering down the valley, Image of a sundunked tarry road, Its skin a drum bearing The four-beat rap of tyres, The press of adrenalin. His guttering in turn speaks volumes: ‘Rare gouts of rain are made For piping down, And my attendant tiles Are buttresses against bunting wind. And I may gently mock The banging hail, for I sluice it Into a run-off. I am sternly-tested zinc. Therefore, Faith says, I’ll run with Whatever the sky might spill.’ J K Murphy J K Murphy is a Melbourne poet and author of Moving Along – Selected Verse (Puncher & Wattmann). More by J K Murphy 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 May 202326 May 2023 · Main Posts The ‘Chinese question’ and colonial capitalism in New Gold Mountain Christy Tan SBS’s New Gold Mountain sets out to recover the history of the Gold Rush from the marginalised perspective of Chinese settlers but instead reinforces the erasure of Indigenous sovereignty. Although celebrated for its multilingual script and diverse representation, the mini-TV series ignores how the settlement of Chinese migrants and their recruitment into colonial capitalism consolidates the ongoing displacement of First Nations peoples. First published in Overland Issue 228 23 February 202324 February 2023 · Writing From work to text, and back again: ChatGPT and the (new) death of the author Rob Horning Generative models extinguish the dream that Barthes’s Death of the Author articulates by fulfilling it. Their ‘tissue of signs’ seems less like revolution and more like the fear that AI will create a recursive postmodern nightmare world of perpetual sameness that we will all accept because we no longer remember otherwise or how to create an alternative.