Published in Overland Issue 237 Summer 2019 · Uncategorized Nature strip tease Harriet McInerney The circadian rhythm of the footpath gets messy on wk/ends. In the early morning I break out in a dew. My tote bag needs a good wash, I think, waiting for the Uber Pool. If a woman has no sidewalk then we will imagine one for her. The nature strip is not lush but trodden. An ideological position can never be really successful until it is naturalised. And the Uber Pool still hasn’t arrived while I eye the resilience of a kikuyu lawn. I bought a litre of coconut water for my health, and a kilo of corner store for my rental crisis. That’s normal, right? The parking inspector will inspect empty space. So just push through the greenery to show me something natural (Like an ass with some stretch marks). Let your nature strip go to seed, your self-care be squandered here in the circadian mess of strangers & watch the footpath, always. Italicised lines from: Anne Boyer, Garments against Women Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism Kendrick Lamar, ‘HUMBLE’ Harriet McInerney Harriet McInerney is a Sydney-based writer. She is the author of Houseplant (SOd) and was shortlisted for the 2018 TLB Experimental Non-Fiction Prize. More by Harriet McInerney › 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.