Published in Overland Issue 216 Spring 2014 · Uncategorized Wind shadow Jill Jones Terra incognita transfers across a plain, a wing blends the graces, tarmacs, macadam, concrete being so concrete, the tar-sick travel. And hills make effort, rock, shrug, years of it, as now we turn between cities. Traction in floodwater, levels, blue slate, trees, red hollow, millennia forms feral, forms survival, trail of goats, their black edges, hesitation on the road, emu too, scrabble, kangaroo switch to flight, twenty-one birds of prey, without prey, dwelling along bright white civilised lines, carrion mess, moon, and milky way, brutal shoulder, bloody, in wind, in shadow, uncertainty, a kind of thinking, all there, no matter what you dream, how uncomfortable, this is where it happens, this is where it passes, a thunderclap, a creek bed, falling branch. ‘Return to find a river,’ to be faceless, this once, off the grid, no identity, no thought but in itself, going out of no paradise, ‘where does memory live?’ To hear crows, thoughts pass, ‘you blew it’, the pace, hurry days, in skirl, in concentration, ‘return to the living body’, let the nothingness enter, keep swinging in a body, your own laboratory, work, push, and don’t push, off centre, centre. Smell grass, cow pats, new asphalt, let’s be doing. Jill Jones Jill Jones lives and works on unceded Kaurna land. Her latest book is Wild Curious Air, winner of the 2021 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. In 2015 she won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry for The Beautiful Anxiety. Her work is widely published in Australia, Canada, Ireland, NZ, Singapore, Sweden, UK, and USA and has been translated into a number of languages. She has worked as an academic, arts administrator, journalist, and book editor. More by Jill Jones › 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 7 December 20237 December 2023 · Food Righteous appetites: the dilemmas of the ethical omnivore’s diet Jaimee Edwards The pastoral is our setting for the good life that puts the 'ethical' in 'ethical sausage'. The websites for small-scale farms and ethical meat butchers around the world look like brochures for retirement living. Together, the happy animals, their conscientious handlers, and ceremonial butchers form a picture of aligned values. First published in Overland Issue 228 6 December 20236 December 2023 · The environment A sitting duck? Environmentalism and working-class recreation Scott Robinson Masculinity, like hunting, cannot on its own explain the persistent tensions between environmentalism and labour. Work itself dominates the formation of our relationship with nature, so that even in play and leisure we are shaped by the physical and mental techniques applied to us in employment.