Published in Overland Issue 231 Winter 2018 · Uncategorized Storm damage Mitchell Welch the momento mori of a drowned world is untold inside out umbrellas, a plague of logo-spangled spider bones webbed with shreds of nylon gumming up a ruin-of-a-bridge’s pylon and if you thought old Moses was a miracle baby, just you wait and see— imagine the biblical intensity of a whole generation launched in eskies on the deluge of a great river of denial. anyway, there aren’t enough ex-prime ministers in the world to put on waders, balance all our baggage on their heads, and move us to higher ground— not in such ruddy conditions as these ( lol ) every fallen limb represents an incident report, an informational event that sets processes branching up towers like acute pain to the dead letter brain. the storm’s allusive rage in tatters resembles the way a modern day nightmare feels in the dark for an open hatch through which slurries of adult wisdom can be shit-shovelled back in time to re-landscape backyards of childhood dreams with scary monster memes. Image: Blue cascades / flickr Read the rest of Overland 231 If you enjoyed this poem, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Mitchell Welch Mitchell Welch is a writer and editor from Brisbane. He currently lives in Melbourne where he works as the communications manager for a cemetery trust. More by Mitchell Welch 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 9 June 2023 · Aotearoa / New Zealand Ko wai mātou—we are water Hana Pera Aoake Dr Huhana Smith has spent the last twenty years focussing on the restoration of her ancestral coastal land and waterways at Kuku Beach, near Levin, in Aotearoa/New Zealand, using biochar—the carbon-rich remains of slow-burned wood. Smith and her collaborators use biochar not only as a tool for land restoration, but also as an artistic medium. Their work is critical for thinking about what is possible when Māori communities have control of their cultural and spiritual bases. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 June 2023 · Technology ‘AI’ and the quest to redefine workers’ autonomy Rob Horning The phrase artificial intelligence is a profoundly ideological way to characterise automation technologies. It is an expression of the general tendency to discuss technologies as though they were ‘powerful’ in and of themselves—as if power weren’t a relative measure of the different capacities and prerogatives of social classes.