Published in Overland Issue 234 Autumn 2019 · Uncategorized Judith Wright Poetry Prize, third place: Surfing at Blackfellas Ross Belton Blackfellas is over the edge a sheer drop beside a path perched against the limestone cliff down to a narrow ledge and plunge a fast paddle over dark water out to the swell rising up from the deep breaking swollen tongues against the silent jaws of the continent. Blackfellas is barely a carpark of loose rock and windblown gulls facing Antarctica another outpost on the massacre atlas bleached of all other witness only a squinting glare to honour the last cries of the frightened and defiant mustered from the camps and the stunted heath forced at gunpoint to fly from this world into the maw of the deafening south wind Image: Ian / Flickr Read the rest of Overland 234 If you enjoyed the results of this prize, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four brilliant issues for a year Ross Belton Ross Belton grew up in Esperance on the Western Australian south coast, graduated in environmental science and has worked in disability facilitation, zookeeping, and in the public service. He lives with his son Jacky Blue, and Jo the Cripster, in Fremantle, where he writes recipes for climate change lamingtons. More by Ross Belton › 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 1 December 20231 December 2023 · History ‘We’re doing everything but treaty’: Law reform and sovereign refusal in the colonial debtscape Maria Giannacopoulos I coined the concept of the colonial debtscape while working to understand the relation between debt and sovereignty in the wake of the 2007 Global Financial crisis. Despite the referendum held in Greece in 2015 where the people voted against austerity, austerity as punishment, was imposed anyway. As this was a colonising move, that is, the imposition of an external and foreign law on local populations against their will, it was to Aboriginal scholars here that I turned to begin to put the pieces together. First published in Overland Issue 228 30 November 202330 November 2023 · Urbanism The Plains exposes the psychic terrain of Victoria’s highways Fred Pryce The Plains charts the psychic terrain of the freeway in miniature, peeling back the lid of the private vehicle to expose just one of the millions of dramas taking place in simultaneity, severed from one another yet still part of the same city-wide traffic ballet.