Published in Overland Issue 233 Summer 2018 · Uncategorized I knew her but could not be a boy Harry Reid i’m throwing it off in a big way & no-one notices. i’ve seen it cause a fuss & now that’s the only way to do it. she thinks i’m lying because i’m wearing jeans but she’s never seen me on the weekend. (in my dreams i’m a jockey & no-one recognises me under all that silk) all my friends see a salmon & say ‘same’. we drive down to lake’s entrance & take our clothes off, it’s very stressful. if i had to buy a swimsuit i think i would die. i’m thinking about the drugs, it seems as though that’s what you have to do. she’s raising money to go all the way & my stomach gnaws at me it’s a feeling like jealousy but less useful. i tell a big secret to everyone i meet & usually they forget right away. this makes poetry difficult among other things. a boy i like has a girlfriend & this is difficult too. (today i gave my two weeks & tomorrow i will buy a horse) there are doors everywhere the only problem is that most of them are locked. when it’s warm again i will spend a little money but for now the rain settles in over the bowls club & i watch the races. Image: Damien Roué / flickr Read the rest of Overland 233 If you enjoyed this poem, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Harry Reid Harry Reid is a poet based in Melbourne. They are a co-director of Sick Leave, and the author of the best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend (Puncher & Wattmann, 2021). More by Harry Reid › 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 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. First published in Overland Issue 228 14 September 202314 September 2023 · Indigenous rights The ballot box does not translate ideology Jeanine Leane The Voice referendum is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the younger demographic to shape the future of the nation. Future generations of younger Australians will have to live with the outcome of October 14 for quite some time. If the referendum is defeated, it mean a nation was given the opportunity to recognise its First People and refused it.