Published in Overland Issue 223 Winter 2016 Uncategorized Their talk Ouyang Yu Just around the street corner the sky heard The man say to the woman But that’s what this place is like They don’t trust friendship They don’t need it And the tree whom the two had just gone past heard The woman say They have their own people clustering around them And that’s more than enough And they don’t need any more people The street, meanwhile, let them walk the walk and talk The talk Without making a reply, exactly the way a street Behaves There were other things they talked about Such as their mutual agreement that They get used to the generally accepted cultural Segregation and their newly bred sense of aplomb And phlegm As for other things that might hurt if let out The sky, the tree and the trees, as well as the street Were willing to keep mum about So downtrodden by the wheels, the wind or the wings Like the two With no hopes of ever changing the Colour Read the rest of Overland 223 – If you liked this article, please subscribe or donate. Ouyang Yu Ouyang Yu's most recent publication is a translation in English of Zhang Meng’s collection of poetry, Reverberations, by Puncher & Wattmann, and a novel, All the Rivers Ran South, forthcoming with the same publisher. More by Ouyang Yu 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.