Published in Overland Issue 220 Spring 2015 Uncategorized Austerity Kate Lilley The person honourable, the crimes austere. In circumstances of woodland decay well suited to delinquency she got her youthful face for a song. Now she’s over it, fortune favours etc. Fortis non ferox. The mood’s hard driving and it’s dirty work. Paradiastole prevails, redescribing vices as virtues. Stoic, sceptic, epicurean: count the lessons and clean up as you go. Inculcate the sense of a person speaking to someone who cares. Kate Lilley Kate Lilley is a contemporary Australian poet and academic. More by Kate Lilley 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 9 December 2022 Fiction Fiction | Quitting Matthew Sini A week after Tom left, Gus was yawning through a morning piss when the patter on the roof intensified to a rattle. Before he could shake the last few dribbles into the toilet bowl, the rattle swelled into a roar. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 December 20229 December 2022 Politics Socialist politics after the elections in Victoria Daniel Lopez Speculative strategy aside, the most satisfying thing about the Victorian Socialists result is that it proves there’s a mass audience for an explicitly socialist project. It’s not just that socialism is electorally viable. It’s more than that. Now, VS has made it possible to articulate a socialist answer to the systemic problems that are degrading our lives. And, if we place our bets wisely, we can back it up with numbers, both in and out of parliament.