Published in Overland Issue Poetry in Lockdown Poetry Sky updates / blue platform Emily Stewart chain of events against family cold snap foreign investment scratched up car heavy bass toothache serious motive any other secrets? willing or unwilling thumb print the public body breath common flex time ‘spent’ throw it away here on in sun parses everything open question going for broke and at that age embarrassed wind corridor big ask wattle imprimatur tit for tat article what feels easy poem with sand in it writing a poem in the sand scratchy threat on read retrofitting the story stars and stripes project timeline filling a glass at the sink Holocene flush margin char-grilled pineapple shed talk press play please inbox still available checking in ventriloquism quid pro quo Sussan knitwear image of the liver pay for parking daily trope towel, rope, brick thirty minutes expert antibody pleasantries/pleats soft package tentative touch fabric static counter-clockwise blowing up Read the rest of Poetry in Lockdown, edited by Toby Fitch and Melody Paloma If you enjoyed this special edition, subscribe and receive a year’s worth of print issues, the online magazine, special editions and discounted entry to our literary competitions Emily Stewart Emily Stewart is a poet and freelance editor based in Sydney. More by Emily Stewart 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 16 December 202225 January 2023 Poetry Poetry | Wombats shit candy Michael Farrell To avoid treading on a snake, I stepped on a land mine. Did this really happen, in my dream? No. Is it a fiction, then? Yes and no. The time I spend looking for socks is insignificant: lie, irony, or philosophy? Wombats shit candy. Joke – hallucination? This is in fact a truth claim. My poems: litanies of truth claims. 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 14 December 202225 January 2023 Reviews The moral risk of taking things too seriously: on Gareth Morgan’s When A Punk Becomes A Spunk Elese Dowden In his review of Lucy Van’s The Open, Gareth Morgan writes that Van writes 'against the impulse to ponder dutifully about the sins of the past and present.' This fucked me up for some time. What is it to ponder dutifully? But perhaps more importantly, how do we ponder in a way that's more … metal?