Published in Overland Issue 251 Winter 2023 · Poetry Tired of feeling guilty, all the time Luoyang Chen the jumpers I lent never find their way back barely rehearsed, cold overwhelmed I wasn’t ready for the day has become tight trying to force open a poem the airtime in my mind: vilify, vilify, vilify can’t control clenching jaw Luoyang Chen Luoyang Chen was born and raised in a small town in Fujian, China, and currently resides on Wongatha Country. Luoyang is the author of a poetry collection, Flow (Red River, 2023), which is allegedly “very funny”. They are interested in the lyric “I”, 自然, “stasis in darkness”, language, positionality, and “O”. More by Luoyang Chen › 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 8 September 202312 September 2023 · Poetry Poetry | Games Heather Taylor-Johnson Days pinch and lately I’ve noticed every time I look in the mirror I’m squinting—maybe it’s a grimace. Without trying I’ve mastered the façade of a Besser block threatened by a mallet, by which I mean maybe the world won’t kill me but it’ll definitely hurt and I’ve got to be ready. First published in Overland Issue 228 31 August 20236 September 2023 · Poetry Verbing the apocalypse: Alison Croggon’s Rilke Josie/Jocelyn Suzanne ‘This again?’ and ‘why now? Why not years ago?’ are the two questions raised in each new translation of a non-English piece of Western Canon. There’s an understanding—of course a poetic cycle like the Duino Elegies is incomplete in English, there are endless new readings—and a simultaneous sense of wounded pride/suspicion: what was missing the last time around? What were you concealing from me? What are you concealing now?