Elly McDonald


Asymmetric (1984)

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It shouldn’t be like this


so long after: the hunter and the hunted

oppressor and oppressed: so much later

but now


still playing games with mirrors

still replicating that face


you look

in every crowd

you note

the set of her shoulders (whose?): the way

she moves

the planes of her features: tense

all symmetry and conspiracy


all over, so much later

over now:

it shouldn’t be like this


Author: Elly McDonald

Australian-born, with English mother, has lived in several Australian cities and in London. Travelled widely. Way way back when, published widely as a poet and short story writer. For the first 20 years of my working life I worked as an entertainment journalist, publicist, PR consultant and in advertising and media agencies. In the second 20 years, I worked in marketing roles at non-profit organisations then retrained as a teacher, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees. Also did miserable McJobs, and a long, happy stint at an art gallery.

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