Academic journal article Antipodes

Women in Their Houses on Their Own

Academic journal article Antipodes

Women in Their Houses on Their Own

Article excerpt

Tonight I'm washing dishes after eating on my own.

She's on her way to Singapore, en route to Amsterdam.

Two weeks ago, while I was in New Zealand,

She was eating on her own, as I have done and she has done

So many times. She will be eating on a plane at crazy times

As zones are crossed. They'll offer wine about the time

She'd butter toast. My ex-wife too, in Auckland, will by then

Have fed her horse, and will be eating on her own.

My younger daughter will be eating out tonight:

The pizza café where she works, from three till close,

Will be by now "Be with you soon," but she'll be eating

On her own, five hours in. Her boss will tell her once again

Her arty friends bring down the tone. But they do not:

I doubt that he'd be happy if they up and took their money

Down the road. His fashionable clients like his food,

and more than that, the atmosphere. The fellow's attitude is queer. …

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