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 7 February 2023 Aboriginal Australia Victoria police back down, is this a case for defunding? Crystal McKinnon and Meriki Onus After three arduous years, Victoria Police have today withdrawn their charges against two organisers of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protest. Whilst we welcome their decision, we note that their mediocrity gave them no other option. Emboldened by their state-sanctioned impunity, Victoria Police’s ineptitude hit a dead end. Pigs cannot fly. First published in Overland Issue 228 6 February 20237 February 2023 Aboriginal Australia Winaga-li Gunimaa Gali: listen, hear, think, understand from our sacred Mother Earth and our Water Winaga-li Gunimaa Gali Collective To winaga-li, Gomeroi/Kamilaroi people must be able to access Gunimaa. They must be able to connect and re-connect. Over 160 years of colonisation has privileged intensive agriculture, grazing and heavily extractive water management regimes, enabled by imposed property regimes and governance systems. Gunimaa and Gali still experience the violent repercussions of these processes, including current climate changes which are exacerbating impacts, as droughts become longer, floods and heat extremes become more intense, and climatic zones shift, impacting on species’ viability and biodiversity.