Published in Overland Issue 223 Winter 2016 Uncategorized Transcendental mathematics & our dreamer’s Estado Novo Paul Chicharo Yonder the rainbow gum by the mangrove choke point, which catches plastics and suburban stormwater debris where the river mouth kisses the lake and feeds algae and plankton and newly hatched schools of bluefish, we find a wood-chipper attached to a mechanical clown who moves its head from side to side and in its movements cleaves the mangrove choke. A mule pulls a golf course over the river’s mouth and a trumpet squelches and sputters as it sucks in the vein of the land, airships firebomb the neck and in the haze of the aftermath a helicopter drops a factory on the green of the 9th hole. The rainbow gum charred and full of life regenerates and spits flyers for discount mayonnaise. A single black cow dragging its teats over the cinder field moans for lantana berries or pokeweed. A one-legged boy wearing a hat with a propeller ambles over on his crutch and folds the cow into a jacket and drapes himself in it. Maggots the size of whales wriggle over the dead cities and hollow them. Read the rest of Overland 223 – If you liked this article, please subscribe or donate. Paul Chicharo Paul Chicharo is a senior intelligence operative for Dulex who defected from MK Ultra in 2027. Often re-purposes old refrigerators as plots in his local community garden. More by Paul Chicharo 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.