Know what a thing’s called, and we own it; if not,
there’s really only pointing, our still wishing
we knew. The afternoon wilts round its edges,
unless we’ve said it.
Things OK with you? is Vincent O’Sullivan’s first collection of poems since Being Here: Selected Poems (2015) and And So It Is: New Poems (2016). His Selected Stories was published in 2019 and The Dark Is Light Enough: Ralph Hotere in 2020.