Published in Overland Issue 229 Summer 2017 · Fair Australia Prize Poetry winner: East Perth [Imagined Nation] Andrew Sutherland If I were quizzed about my values, I might recall some of the things I value most: the endless meals at Formosa, dated Taiwanese singing contests idling in the back part of my brain, or the time H said ‘I am Australian man’, wound down the window, shouting ‘fuuuucking cuuunt!’ as proof – or when H said, ‘maybe we could get married one day.’ Though that last, in case you forgot, is something he and I can’t do anyway (just FYI). Or – I’m sorry – is this not what that question means? Perhaps these things are un-translatable – And quizzed upon my language (which, decades on, I would not say has been murdered – also just FYI), I might speak on the time H said ‘I love you’, and I, cheesy grin and all, gave my best 我爱你 . I did start to learn but feared my brain was just too small (too Australian, even). Or I might share the vocab on H’s desk I puzzled over: ‘worth millions’ 百万身价 ‘revolutionary’ 革命性 ‘please don’t litter’ 请勿乱扔垃圾. What they were for and why they mattered mattering less than that H wanted to learn them. And if quizzed about how best to integrate: I would think it’s in the eyes, the held hands, the tears, the maccas runs, the break-ups, 5-year-plans, the not-quite-sure, the ‘what are we?’, the whats- app, fb messenger, line ‘i miss u kiss u’ come back draw a map between our bodies and they might name it a failed land but my country is your country 我爱你 Read the rest of Overland 229 If you enjoyed this poem, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Andrew Sutherland Andrew Sutherland is primarily a theatre practitioner between Perth and Singapore. Recent theatre works include Unveiling: Gay Sex for Endtimes with Perth’s Renegade Productions and Baby Girl for Black Swan State Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group. More by Andrew Sutherland 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 4 December 201919 December 2019 · Announcement Fair Australia Prize 2019: the winners Editorial team Announcing the final results for the ten categories of the 2019 Fair Australia Prize. Hearty congratulations to all! First published in Overland Issue 228 13 November 201919 December 2019 · Announcement Fair Australia Prize 2019: the shortlists Editorial team We are pleased to announce the shortlists for the ten categories of the 2019 Fair Australia Prize.