Published in Overland Issue 211 Winter 2013 · Uncategorized Natural editors Stella Rosa Mcdonald Twelve tuna, caught by a storm, split from the harbour and arrive in the Watson’s bay swimming pool. A set of twins enter with knives. They bleed and butcher as mute instructions pass between them. (One looks at the fish in the night and thinks, ‘God’s country’, the other takes a photo to prove it.) Life’s next, as they crop then render the particular order of events, make lists of attendances, debts unpaid. On scales they put street fights, car accidents, pissed hook ups, the question of who spewed in the bath and how it was exactly that a cuckoo came to land in the Moreton bay fig outside their house. They rarely think of shadows, but even dark matter might unravel if they shone a light. Two in orbit, they endlessly recall and fracture stories until legends disappear through the holes of missing parts. The world is solved as they empty out the universe of unnecessary stuff. Until all that is left and sure is an end tied neat like a surgeons knot. Stella Rosa Mcdonald Stella Rosa Mcdonald is an artist and writer based in Sydney. More by Stella Rosa Mcdonald › 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 1 December 20231 December 2023 · History ‘We’re doing everything but treaty’: Law reform and sovereign refusal in the colonial debtscape Maria Giannacopoulos I coined the concept of the colonial debtscape while working to understand the relation between debt and sovereignty in the wake of the 2007 Global Financial crisis. Despite the referendum held in Greece in 2015 where the people voted against austerity, austerity as punishment, was imposed anyway. As this was a colonising move, that is, the imposition of an external and foreign law on local populations against their will, it was to Aboriginal scholars here that I turned to begin to put the pieces together. First published in Overland Issue 228 30 November 202330 November 2023 · Urbanism The Plains exposes the psychic terrain of Victoria’s highways Fred Pryce The Plains charts the psychic terrain of the freeway in miniature, peeling back the lid of the private vehicle to expose just one of the millions of dramas taking place in simultaneity, severed from one another yet still part of the same city-wide traffic ballet.