Published in Overland Issue 215 Winter 2014 · Uncategorized Desire Luke Best After Song of Solomon Desire consumes me in this, a dream: I’m flat on my back ’neath the tower of David. Spring is pregnant to Winter. The sky is a bladder, stretched and sewn at its edge. I search for clouds though there is nothing in my pockets or up my nose. Before me you take form; cloud-like. Unlike Cirrus, you are not a puny wisp, nor like Stratus; pubescent tufts of fluff. You are Cumulonimbus; a great risen plume over Mt Zion. My son is in your womb. He has not yet learnt the contours of this planetary mess nor felt the rage that is necessary to drown it. We’ll see that he does – You lower yourself to me. Your gown slips from your back like the tent curtains of Solomon. Your hair is a hessian veil. Your lips drip with myrrh. Your waters break. Luke Best Luke Best is a poet from Toowoomba, Queensland. More by Luke Best › 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 23 February 2024 · Friday Fiction My wedding cheesemonger Sophia Benjamin He’s my wedding cheesemonger. Bertolio Fiorucci, a completely authentic Romano émigré from Trastevere, Roma (the real thing), who came to Melbourne’s East a few decades back. And thank God, because he’s been loving me hard with his fine artisanal cheeses ever since. Their quality is simply beyond. First published in Overland Issue 228 21 February 202422 February 2024 · Music Love, disaster and the songs of Taylor Swift Stephen Wright It's appropriate that Taylor Swift flew into Australia a few days after Valentine's Day. Without wishing to erase any queer readings of Swift’s work, the pluralities of love she sometimes speaks to and her capacity for nostalgia, it seems to me that the somewhat monolithic shadow of romantic love tends to fall over all of them and structure her whole project.