Published in Overland Issue 229 Summer 2017 · Uncategorized After the festival Fiona Wright I tend to judge the wildness of a night by how often you say bitches. There always used to be a car, at least, on fire. There’s that obsession with morbidity: I’m fed up with poets today. Spell megalomania. Spell acquiesce. You pretend to be all hardcore but you’re just a bruised apple. I escaped to buy toilet paper. Mine is reverse-cycle. How fucking dare he make us fucking feel this way? The abstract noun of a concrete noun. You had the mushrooms last year. I’m not sure if it’s a changing of the guard. That’s overzealous cleaning, anyway. Read the rest of Overland 229 If you enjoyed this poem, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Fiona Wright Fiona Wright’s new essay collection is The World Was Whole (Giramondo, 2018). Her first book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for nonfiction, and her poetry collections are Knuckled and Domestic Interior. More by Fiona Wright › 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 October 2023 · Reviews She’s not high-functioning, she’s just Emily Dickinson: Clara Törnvall’s The Autists Phoebe Lupton Autistic women and genderqueer people are historically underrecognised and underrepresented. Fortunately, this is starting to change, at least in the literary sphere. In the past two years, readers have been blessed by books from Clem Bastow, Hannah Gadsby, Emma A. Jane, Grace Tame, Dr. Sandra Thom-Jones and Chloé Hayden, to name a few — autistic women and genderqueer people who have written memoirs that either reference or centre their experiences of their intersecting gender and neurological identities. 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 2 October 20233 October 2023 · Aboriginal Australia The use and abuse of History in the Voice referendum debate: an interview with Professor Gary Foley Gary Foley and Padraic Gibson I can see the failure of the referendum making a whole lot of Blackfellas sit up and think and realise again, what we realised back in ’67, that our best efforts to achieve our aims are always at our own behest, under our own control. A whole new generation of Black activists deciding hang on, to hell with the rest of them, let’s just focus on our own communities and start building up the strength of our own communities.