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

Worked in the Australian rock music industry as a journalist and published widely as a poet before moving to London and spending the better part of a decade in advertising agencies. Returned to Australia and tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also briefly as a high school classroom teacher. Has travelled Western Europe, North Africa, Russia, Northern India, East Asia, coastal USA, some Pacific Islands, and Australia.

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