Published in Overland Issue 205 Summer 2011 Reading Theatre Cameron Lowe Arrange it and throw it away – the morning’s slow progress, clouds building, sunlight through red and yellow leaves. Next door, a lawnmower refuses to start. Sunday traffic rushing along Ormond Road as a plastic bag takes flight above the fence line. § On the porch an ochre pot of pansies pushing forth crimson flowers – six sparrows erupting from the birches; a barking dog. On the radio, serious analysis of last night’s game. The smell of rain arrives before the showers begin. § Nothing just happens. The cool breeze stirring the last leaves from the birches; a new renovation mimics period style. Pigeons strutting along the roof of St Matthew’s, a rainbow dissolving over the bait shop. The lawnmower starts at last. § In the news at half-time the left imitating the right: working families in a stretch of street with only one family – another dog starts barking in a higher pitch. Over the road the cheer squad, still in team colours, begin to gather for Sunday lunch. § Post-match: the debutant invokes surrealism. Late afternoon light on the cyclamen’s pink petals – picket shadows on the path. The commentators stick the knives in. § Streetlights, that in between time as evening settles; rooflines, aerials, the cross on St Mary’s spire, the smell of fish and chips hanging in the air. A crow calls – another answers. Across the road the curtains are closing. Cameron Lowe Cameron Lowe lives in Geelong. Circle Work, his second book-length collection of poetry, was published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2013. More by Cameron Lowe 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 2 First published in Overland Issue 228 19 November 202127 January 2022 Reading Which One Are You? Madeleine Gray I had to innovate. I had to create a game that put the onus of invention and self-revelation back onto the players. And this is how I came up with my piece de resistance, my submission to the games hall of fame. It’s called ‘Which One Are You?’ First published in Overland Issue 228 31 March 202030 April 2020 Reading Your teenage reading will haunt you forever Zoe Deleuil Years after reading Flowers in the Attic, dark wardrobes and creaky houses and simmering men and thwarted women still lurk in my imagination. The book took lodging in my brain at a critical point, never to be evicted.