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 was born in Sydney and has lived in Adelaide since 2008. Recent books include Wild Curious Air, A History Of What I’ll Become, Viva the Real, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Poetry and the 2020 John Bray Award, and Brink. In 2015 she won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry for The Beautiful Anxiety. Her work has been translated into Chinese, French, Italian, Czech, Macedonian and Spanish. 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 2 December 20222 December 2022 The university In search of lost bargains: An interview with Scott Fitzgerald, Ryan Mead-Hunter and Francis Russell of the Bargain Hunters podcast Scott Robinson and Danni McGrath We discovered Bargain Hunters: The Curtin NTEU EBA Podcast as our own university, Monash, and the local branch of the NTEU) enter their own bargaining round. After years of workers bearing the burden of rapid COVID changes, cost of living pressures, overwork and decades of growing job insecurity, this bargaining round feels different: an opportunity for workers to articulate a vision of the university against the neoliberalised, corporate managerialism that dominates the sector and most workplaces in the country. First published in Overland Issue 228 1 December 20221 December 2022 Reviews Calling the racist a racist: Janaka Malwatta’s blackbirds don’t mate with starlings John Kinsella Malwatta is a skilled and motivated user of tone and tonality in expression, and he shifts between perpetrator and victim with a disturbing but powerful ease: we hear the racists in the hospital, we hear them at the barbecue, and we hear the racism coming from the mouths of white leaders and dissemblers.