Fiction    Reading Room    Memoir    Interview
Michele Amas

This is about you – isn’t it?

Your wrist is wrapped in pearls,
I wanted you to be married
I misheard that you were.
Misheard too, that your grandfather
carved an ice boat.
I made up the science
of how it would float,
imagined the refrigerated warehouse
where he’d work
wearing ski gear
in the evenings.
I wanted to know how
you walk uphill
in those heels,
to know how you hang up
your clothes,
the angles and geometry.
I imagined you laying
them out flat,
fitting them together
like a jigsaw on velvet.
Your husband would remind you
how to put them back on
in the morning.
He’d build things for you
like lakes
for your swans.
I wanted you to be married
so that I could be married –
I guess it’s as simple as that.
Johanna Aitchison
Michele Amas   (audio)
Angela Andrews
Airini Beautrais
Jenny Bornholdt
Amy Brown
Lynn Davidson
Emily Dobson
Fiona Farrell
Cliff Fell
Janis Freegard
Helen Heath
Anne Kennedy
Stefanie Lash
Jan Lauwereyns
Vana Manasiadis
Talia Marshall
James McNaughton
Alice Miller
Gregory O’Brien
Frances Samuel
Robyn Schiff
Marty Smith
Elizabeth Smither
Chris Tse
Nick Twemlow
Ashleigh Young

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