And they are angry

and they apologise in all their emails

and they remember where they put their keys

and they buy vegetables and milk

and they’re assumed to be on birth control

and they write perhaps and arguably and in a sense

and they are sympathetic

and they have internal ultrasounds

and they carry band-aids in their purses

and they break big notes before they go to dinner

and they match their underwear

and they make pots of tea

and they sit narrowly on trains and buses

and they pretend to talk on phones when they walk home

and they run on treadmills

and they don’t interrupt

and they don’t ask for exceptions

and their disposable razors come only in pink

and the doctors ask if they feel anxious

and they desire

and they are angry.


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Fiona Wright’s book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for nonfiction, and her poetry collection Knuckled won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre, and is CAL New Writer in Residence at UTS.

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