Published in Overland Issue 233 Summer 2018 Uncategorized Office wear made me trans Harry Reid after melinda bufton does melinda bufton think this much about collared shirts? probably not. i imagine her at my new desk wearing a striped dress, matching earrings – she sends emails like culottes very fashionably, regardless of climate. i cross my legs maybe hitch up my pants, it’s almost beautiful but only before lunch. aspirationally, pinafores feature heavily – more immediately, a white blouse worn with high-cut black denim ‘like the horses album cover meets that clip of japan on top of the pops’ but the girl in myer doesn’t get it and hands me a gingham shirt she assures me is ‘fun’. cool, i’m out. Image: Magnus Franklin / 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 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 3 February 20233 February 2023 Fiction Fiction | Romeo and Juliet II: Haunted rentals Georgia Symons The hauntings are actually quite flamboyant here, though. Yeah, come in, come in. Not like my friend Moya’s house—it just has a tool shed that sometimes isn’t there and that’s it. So boring. Yes, you can keep your shoes on. 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 2 February 20233 February 2023 The university Deadly word games: universities and defining antisemitism Nick Riemer In a few weeks, Vice-Chancellors will be discussing a request by a group of federal politicians to endorse the latest weapon in Zionists’ longstanding bid to suppress criticism of Israeli apartheid on campus—the highly controversial definition of antisemitism produced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Their decision will constitute a watershed moment for universities’ already somewhat threatened credibility as centres of independent analysis and truth-telling.