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 First published in Overland Issue 228 8 December 2023 · Fiction Fiction | The Victims Emma Jayne Willson Every morning I checked the Director’s calendar to ensure there were no meeting clashes, no opportunity for her polished façade to slip. Once I’d made the mistake of booking two meetings without leaving ten minutes between them, thus forcing her to run across the sprawling campus. She arrived late for her meeting with the Provost, […] First published in Overland Issue 228 7 December 20238 December 2023 · Food Righteous appetites: the dilemmas of the ethical omnivore’s diet Jaimee Edwards The pastoral is our setting for the good life that puts the 'ethical' in 'ethical sausage'. The websites for small-scale farms and ethical meat butchers around the world look like brochures for retirement living. Together, the happy animals, their conscientious handlers, and ceremonial butchers form a picture of aligned values.