Published in Overland Issue 203 Winter 2011 · Main Posts and day breaks Judy Durrant fell from sky mimed milk-orange silk caught fast behind silver surface underbelly a soft feather boat landed with crept-up leak sloe eye slunk in a deep like marching candlestick ripple-wake sprung certainty tiny gum nut pinged a bull’s eye’s circling ever widening rings the bridge lights arched a brighter orange than a carp’s gulp unfolding cut-out paper stretched out bunting that dawn pulls down and so it goes you see a profile silhouette afloat liquid pearl art nouveau frieze so sharp black and still you can’t be sure if it’s weeping leaves’ cameo too crisp to be a bright fire’s morning embers grown lizard-skinned to velvet-grey in dust all you know is that upright sturdy-trunked a shadow however rorschach blot however real it has you blinking twice is not but fugue overlaying orange-silk cloud neck to bob empty brown bottle cormorant bellowing from mute depth risen glistening snake and an indistinct path we stride head down gathering wilding dusk strewn with buff-sickle moon scything boomerang with sand glistering diamond miniscule day-after crumb scattered shining harder in our hand as red stars before they combust while raging stars drown out sundown racket deafening our voice and a higher canopy arcing siren invisible to our dulled eyes hones feathered bones’ squawking and shrieking inhabits hollows dark keening ache meshes lost nights days breaking one unto the other This poem was runner-up in the 2010 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, sponsored by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. Judy Durrant Judy Durrant is a runner-up in the 2010 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, sponsored by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. She has a BA from Monash University and lives in Benalla. Recent publications include poems in Blue Dog and The Age. Her first poetry book, Arsey Triage, is on the cusp of completion. More by Judy Durrant › 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 8 September 202315 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize ($6500) Editorial Team Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202326 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Judith Wright Poetry Prize ($9000) Editorial Team Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (that is writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published). It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world. In 2023, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland.