Published in Overland Issue 203 Winter 2011 · Main Posts Monday 12 July at 2 pm Juan Garrido-Salgado I can’t think about your anniversary. At 2 pm, I don’t want to be here: A coffee shop next to the Entry of Woolworths Shopping Centre at Hilton. I try to write a poem for you, Viejo Neruda But prices & offers tangle up my hands; I’m trapped by products. I drink my long black & see Shelf Prices Reduced-In Green 1–10 long & narrow corridors. In the street the wind battles with clouds And rain wounds the pavement. It is cold, my bike is an old poem Leaning against a line of shopping trolleys Like an old figure’s head in the middle of nowhere Como un Viejo mascarón de proa en el medio de ningún lugar. Your voice came from this verse: Venid a ver la sangre por las calles. I can still recite this poem by heart. G’day mate, someone said to me; he carries a green bag. I drink my long black & I can see Special Price: Kellogs Cereal. Any 2 for $9.00 I can see Special Price: Huggies Nappies. Any 2 for $32.00 Noise is traffic junk in the car park, shopping trolleys. Customers want to leave soon and go home. Your voice is still in my head & your verses in my mouth. I can’t shut up; your verses come out louder, Like a strong wind shaking the remain leaves Of the gum tree in the corner of the car park I can’t shut up; your verses come out louder: Venid a ver la sangre por las calles. Venid a ver La sangre por las calles … Juan Garrido-Salgado was born in Chile and was a political prisoner under the Pinochet regime, but now lives in Adelaide. He has published three books of poetry and his poems have been published in Chile, Columbia, Spain, El Salvador, Brazil, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. © Juan Garrido-Salgado Overland 203-winter 2011, p. 72 Like this piece? Subscribe! Juan Garrido-Salgado More by Juan Garrido-Salgado › 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.