Published in Overland Issue 221 Summer 2015 Uncategorized pages Derek Motion we’ll always be running in the hail local boys a-slouch like bus shelters let’s make a vow achieve a strained expression & watch the meeting collapse like a car in the bay hustler of this overland plane else the cold of my pie: vodka on an empty stomach to several boastful threats you know whatever shared contact detail suggests close attention the way you prod and caress the front seat gaze fixed pointedly the way you bite nibble show off a stance of ‘quizzical’ (taxi aggression mooted) a bent spine under candlelight & you’re my redgum rhinoceros: ‘hello’ then say nothing into a submissive hug stage-left we alter the red-shift afterwards to form a pleasing grin to bring culture to me failing that words: her right leg brought upward into an overpowering straddle the glint of dark blue after such a fall so pretty so sunrise … rope climbs the neck theatrics in the embarrassment of dance worse material in the bank i wonder lunch is an awkward token of thought we all get more photogenic in the wind & it was nothing boarding pass as bookmark as over-proof life Derek Motion Derek Motion lives in Narrandera where he writes and works as an Arts Development Officer. He was the winner of the 2009 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize; his first collection lollyology was published in 2012. More by Derek Motion 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 Unions 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.