Published in Overland Issue 237 Summer 2019 Uncategorized Learning Jini Maxwell There is a very fine line between writing and just sitting down like the difference between asking and begging, a snowglobe and a crystal ball the most important distinctions can be the hardest to discern: a dropped plate, the beginning of violence; saying no, never answering at all; I once dreamt of the relief of leaving, or— was it of going with the comfort of a welcome return? A lake viewed from over an aeroplane’s wing. A cold coin in the world’s outstretched palm. Read the rest of Overland 237 If you enjoyed this piece, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four brilliant issues for a year Jini Maxwell Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator. They are currently working on a poetry collection called Summer Animal. More by Jini Maxwell 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 Unions 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.