Published in Overland Issue 208 Spring 2012 · Main Posts Clockwork Todd Turner Dawn, and two stars hang beside a daylight moon. The pendulum shifts, and I can almost guess the time by the light. The potted magnolia on the balcony gives it, the light and dark of its leaves. The ghost gums at the edge of the path throw down shadows onto the loden field. Under the smoke and ash coloured bark the gums are rife with incarnate lives, regenerate deaths, petite remains. At the root of the conifers, hardened spur-sharp branches lay in a stack and become a nesting ground, a harvest of tiny worlds. An abundance. The wind here is a current of pollen and spore, fodder for the germinant dust. So too the elaborate entrails of earth; seed-sprout, weed and bloom, wind-tossed flowerheads and manifest wings. The thread of the seasons is a yarn of ruin and renewal, ruin and renewal. A clockwork of dead wood and surrogate shoots, a lineage. The knotted stem in a common root, or the course the sun takes on its passage to dusk, the one under selfsame stars. Todd Turner Todd Turner lives and works in Sydney. He was shortlisted for the 2011 Blake Poetry Prize and in 2010 for the Newcastle Poetry Prize. He is currently working on a manuscript for his first collection of poetry. More by Todd Turner 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 25 May 202326 May 2023 · Main Posts The ‘Chinese question’ and colonial capitalism in New Gold Mountain Christy Tan SBS’s New Gold Mountain sets out to recover the history of the Gold Rush from the marginalised perspective of Chinese settlers but instead reinforces the erasure of Indigenous sovereignty. Although celebrated for its multilingual script and diverse representation, the mini-TV series ignores how the settlement of Chinese migrants and their recruitment into colonial capitalism consolidates the ongoing displacement of First Nations peoples. First published in Overland Issue 228 15 February 202322 February 2023 · Main Posts Self-translation and bilingual writing as a transnational writer in the age of machine translation Ouyang Yu To cut a long story short, it all boils down to the need to go as far away from oneself as possible before one realizes another need to come back to reclaim what has been lost in the process while tying the knot of the opposite ends and merging them into a new transformation.