Published in Overland Issue 231 Winter 2018 · Uncategorized Runner-up, Nakata Brophy Prize: A dance of hands Kirli Saunders You and I were the lychees sucked from blistered shells, and navel to cheek park sleeps, the skating of fingers over cracked palms and the tempura kisses awaiting trains. We were the space held so that traumas could surface, speak and heal, and the rising of chest as spine lowered and breath slowed. You and I, were the footsteps through crowded bookshops on sacred Sundays our tales untold, we were the welding of wine to tongue in an unnamed pub. You and I were handmade cakes, window notes, pocket poems, and bodies coiled to rising sun or the calm of late night story. We were time-travellers with slow motion lips, eyes talking over ginger tea sips, and hearts euphoric on eurythmic beat skips. Read the rest of Overland 231 If you appreciate Overland’s support of new writers, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Kirli Saunders Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman. She is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines has been selected for Bologna Book Fair 2018. More by Kirli Saunders 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 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 2 June 20232 June 2023 · Friday Poetry Three Chaingrass poems Catherine Vidler Three visual poems from Catherine Vidler's Chaingrass series. First published in Overland Issue 228 1 June 20231 June 2023 · Politics Turning peaceful protesters into criminals—again Evan Smith So the Summary Offences (Obstruction of Public Places) Bill 2023 has been passed by South Australia’s Legislative Assembly and will become law. Fifteen hours of debate in the upper house, led by the Greens and SA Best, could not overturn the bill that was reportedly rushed through the lower house in just twenty-two minutes a fortnight ago.