Published in Overland Issue 206 Autumn 2012 Uncategorized Sunday poem Fiona Wright Rotate the potato. A labrador is happiest collecting kindling. While the football’s on in the other room we salt the pigskin: O, giver of gout. Brie suctions the wooden platter. Wisteria bruises on the patio. We’ll lock away the candles when the baby learns to crawl. There’s an eggplant outside for you. The stovetop coils sing. You have to take the batteries from the smoke alarms before it crackles. You need new shoes. The dogs haven’t had their breakfast. I haven’t used that bowl since Christmas She boils beans until they look like paper mâché. Ups-a-daisy-daisy-do! The leather lounges shriek when you sit down. Your bedroom still has stickers on the ceiling. He’s got good wrists for flicking teatowels. I’m still having trouble with my pannacotta. The cap of the sauce bottle has scabbed over. Six proteas sit in a cut-glass vase. Take a concrete tablet and harden the fuck up. There are sewing pins in the spice rack. My father’s fingers always get the crisp bits first. It’s been a big week. What’s this one infused with? Pass the gravy, fathead. Fiona Wright Fiona Wright’s new essay collection is The World Was Whole (Giramondo, 2018). Her first book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for nonfiction, and her poetry collections are Knuckled and Domestic Interior. More by Fiona Wright 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 6 February 20236 February 2023 Aboriginal Australia Winaga-li Gunimaa Gali: listen, hear, think, understand from our sacred Mother Earth and our Water Winaga-li Gunimaa Gali Collective To winaga-li, Gomeroi/Kamilaroi people must be able to access Gunimaa. They must be able to connect and re-connect. Over 160 years of colonisation has privileged intensive agriculture, grazing and heavily extractive water management regimes, enabled by imposed property regimes and governance systems. Gunimaa and Gali still experience the violent repercussions of these processes, including current climate changes which are exacerbating impacts, as droughts become longer, floods and heat extremes become more intense, and climatic zones shift, impacting on species’ viability and biodiversity. 2 First published in Overland Issue 228 3 February 20233 February 2023 Fiction Fiction | Romeo and Juliet II: Haunted rentals Georgia Symons The hauntings are actually quite flamboyant here, though. Yeah, come in, come in. Not like my friend Moya’s house—it just has a tool shed that sometimes isn’t there and that’s it. So boring. Yes, you can keep your shoes on.