Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

First Nursing Home Dream

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

First Nursing Home Dream

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This is the secondary revision. A large window

to the ocean.

(I wanted to finish the book

about my mother

in an idyllic setting.)

This is the instant the wave curls towards the window

and the computer quietly trembles.

I say to my mother: I'm taking you upstairs

to be with your husband. Mother,

I'm wheeling you away

from the storm.

But she has forgotten what husbands

are for. I tell her they are to roll towels

under the door.

(We eat squid. WeVe overcooked them to rubber.

I am good at interpreting all sorts of figures.

In the dream the squid bounces back hysterically larger

and though you can sign your name

I try to sign it for you.)

The sky darkens and the town scrambles to empty I know

this is my last chance to add

footnotes or a glossary.

Over the loudspeaker the absentee landlord

offers a helicopter.

"All the papers are in order."

But it s a trick: he s lured me to his office

to collect the rent. …

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