Published in Overland Issue 227 Winter 2017 · Uncategorized The Apology Day breakfast Ali Cobby Eckermann my mother did not grow up with her mother I did not grow up with mine my son did not grow up with me how does one define the jigsaw when the pieces are misshapen by the constant hands of others? the gift of life is maternity and the removal of this is a reparation that has no price the picture is askew in the portrait you offer and rejection is the new graffiti to rewrite the script you offer breakfast and forget I found my mother and rebirthed my son Together we are the Banquet Read the rest of Overland 227 If you enjoyed this poem, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Ali Cobby Eckermann Ali Cobby Eckermann is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection Inside My Mother (Giramondo Publishing, 2015) and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry (Ilura Press, 2013). More by Ali Cobby Eckermann › 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 25 September 202325 September 2023 · The university Solidarity but only among managers, or the future of the university sector Hannah Forsyth The process continued during Covid. Jobs were being cut due to the threats posed by the pandemic, yet more scholars were being recruited. Nice people, good at their job. But why are we doing this, we kept asking. Management kept telling us we have a funding crisis (which often turned to a surplus in the end), so why are we also on a hiring spree? All along it looked like it could end badly, for all of us. First published in Overland Issue 228 15 September 2023 · Friday Features Activating the poetic spirit as friendship John Kinsella I’ve always had the aching feeling that—as a text to be shared among friends and maybe eventually ‘enemies’—the soul-body dialogue poem is a way of arguing towards spiritual certainty in the face of earthly corruption and doubt.