Published in Overland Issue Print Issue 199 Winter 2010 · Writing / Main Posts 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 10 November 202311 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the final day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s most important members get to have their say Editorial Team BORIS A quick guide to another year of Overland, from your trusty feline, Boris. I liked the ginger cat story, though it made my human cry. I liked the talking cat, too, but I’m definitely in the “not wasting my time learning to talk” camp. But reading is good. And writing is fun, though it’s been challenging […] 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 9 November 20239 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s co-chief editor Evelyn Araluen speaks truth to power Editorial Team To my friends and comrades, I’m not sure if there’s language to communicate how this last month has utterly changed me. This time a few weeks ago the busyness and chaos of bricolage arts and academic labour had so efficiently distracted me from my anxiety about the upcoming referendum that I forgot to prepare myself for its inevitable conclusion.