Published in Overland Issue 237 Summer 2019 Uncategorized Fragments from the Snowies Jake Goetz day’s heat dissipates in each water- rippling toss of light spreading out between hunched bodies of granite smooth and polished by melting snow later along the winding durry of a road a wombat lies like a pile of ash or expanding is a popcorn bag earth- turning through galactic microwave * hear what it is in a language landscaped for flies that seek life forgetting everything their moment renders absent gauging the langue of a land scraped a brown and black brumby grazing on alpine grasses watched by caravans of grey nomads traversing a final respite from that life-of-work ethic beside the Yarrangobilly River and in the distance ASBESTOS * freezing against the tent’s polyester night down to 5 degrees morning sun shifts across outcrops of limestone and what could be a Bogong moth in the ruptured history of my oatmeal when sometimes there isn’t much to make of a windscreen in the rain let alone mountains capsuled and propelled on canvas en plein air say an image say an image say what it is to come to terms with humiliation here for how can one relate or integrate inter- twine and distribute if not the weight then the sheering idea of owning land when rising leads to more than rising will allow tripped up on some road to Escondido take the centre the way it rotates can be pulled apart cracked by sun for sometimes you’re simply off with the chips and even here in the dark not always night there remains this type of iron ore machine that crawls through your mind and sleeps * dead snow gum sea of cross- hatching white in the mouth of Gonipterus scutellatus shooting vertically into blue into sweeping turns it isn’t a sign that reads ‘something which falls will continue to’ it’s a statement reverse parked a morning that refuses to sing * afternoon’s goat scratches its head by the Snowy River rustling leaves blurred in the circles drawn by platypuses in the water and outside Jindabyne (inside a small Australia) on the back of a Japanese ute PROUD Read the rest of Overland 237 If you enjoyed this piece, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four brilliant issues for a year Jake Goetz Jake Goetz currently lives in Sydney’s inner west. His first book, meditations with passing water, a long-poem written alongside the Maiwar (Brisbane River), was recently shortlisted for the QLD Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance. He is the editor of the sporadically published magazine, Marrickville Pause. More by Jake Goetz 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 2 December 20222 December 2022 The university In search of lost bargains: An interview with Scott Fitzgerald, Ryan Mead-Hunter and Francis Russell of the Bargain Hunters podcast Scott Robinson and Danni McGrath We discovered Bargain Hunters: The Curtin NTEU EBA Podcast as our own university, Monash, and the local branch of the NTEU) enter their own bargaining round. After years of workers bearing the burden of rapid COVID changes, cost of living pressures, overwork and decades of growing job insecurity, this bargaining round feels different: an opportunity for workers to articulate a vision of the university against the neoliberalised, corporate managerialism that dominates the sector and most workplaces in the country. First published in Overland Issue 228 1 December 20221 December 2022 Reviews Calling the racist a racist: Janaka Malwatta’s blackbirds don’t mate with starlings John Kinsella Malwatta is a skilled and motivated user of tone and tonality in expression, and he shifts between perpetrator and victim with a disturbing but powerful ease: we hear the racists in the hospital, we hear them at the barbecue, and we hear the racism coming from the mouths of white leaders and dissemblers.