Published in Overland Issue 220 Spring 2015 · Uncategorized Autumn poem Fiona Wright I am ankle-deep in leaves and though the days burn bright the fast-falling evening has a bite now: I watch a small child pointing with blunt fingers (yours are moon-like, soft, nails longer and lovelier than mine) at the desiccating leaves along the footpath, more rubbish! she cries, more rubbish! more rubbish! and I walk home past three damp-cornered houses in which I used to live: autumn is soft and slow and spacious. I think of how I curled away from my cold feet hooked behind your knees, each finger in between yours. I still fear that there’s a hollowness within me. For a moment on the freeway the next morning, a huge crow hovers in the middle of my windscreen. They too are smarter then they need to be, and I wonder if they feel it like I feel it, wing-dark and sinking. There’s a crack in the skin of things, the dry air. Fiona Wright Fiona Wright’s new essay collection is The World Was Whole (Giramondo, 2018). Her first book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for nonfiction, and her poetry collections are Knuckled and Domestic Interior. More by Fiona Wright 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 8 June 2023 · Technology ‘AI’ and the quest to redefine workers’ autonomy Rob Horning The phrase artificial intelligence is a profoundly ideological way to characterise automation technologies. It is an expression of the general tendency to discuss technologies as though they were ‘powerful’ in and of themselves—as if power weren’t a relative measure of the different capacities and prerogatives of social classes. First published in Overland Issue 228 7 June 2023 · Housing Taking the Rat King on tour Murdoch Stephens Late last year, Renters United and I joined together to make a new version of Rat King Landlord that would be free to renters. I had been aware of Renters United for about four years when the book came out and I loved what they were up to. Whenever the weird logic of property speculation got air time, Renters United would be there talking about the real impact on people. We were faced with two challenges: where to get the funds to make a few thousand copies, and how to make sure the copies didn’t just sit in our garages getting damp.