The Sing Song Afterwards

Overview

This collection of poetry deals with the domestic life of a family, mother, father, and two small children, and in particular about the grueling experience of eczema from which the little girl suffers. Told from the mother’s point of view and set amid moves of house, the pressures on a bicultural household, and endless fruitless encounters with healers of many kinds, the poetry turns into a moving and profoundly recognizable picture of the strains, anxieties, fatigue, and ...

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Overview

This collection of poetry deals with the domestic life of a family, mother, father, and two small children, and in particular about the grueling experience of eczema from which the little girl suffers. Told from the mother’s point of view and set amid moves of house, the pressures on a bicultural household, and endless fruitless encounters with healers of many kinds, the poetry turns into a moving and profoundly recognizable picture of the strains, anxieties, fatigue, and desperation of parenthood.

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“Eczema-daughter, eczema-mother, who could have imagined a more unlikely subject for a collection? But what a moving, engaging, almost heart-stopping progress it is. A first reading is likely to be fast to find out the outcome. A second reading shows that life was going on all the time.”  —Elizabeth Smither, New Zealand Poet Laureate
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781869402952
  • Publisher: Auckland University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Kennedy is the author of Musica Ficta, A Boy and His Uncle, and the short story “Jewel's Darl.”

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Da da 2
Myths and legends 4
Going out, Grey Lynn 5
Drift 7
North-Western Motorway 8
Epithalamium 10
Consequence 12
Spanner 13
Turangawaewae 14
Family planning association 15
Life's important events are often veiled 16
Order of preference 18
Meantime 19
Masked ball 21
Thank you 22
Plunket visits St. Helena 23
Newborn baby 24
Whenua (I) 25
Art, Arch Hill 28
Futures 30
Her first archive 31
Untitled 32
All Souls, c.1964 33
Quack 34
Lamentation 36
Blackout 37
Little lives, Leigh 38
Shopping, Warkworth 39
Advice 40
And effect 42
Jung 44
The first rite 45
Om 46
Linguistics 47
Readers and Fucking Writers Week 48
Christening 50
Prayer replacing sleep 51
The Man She Wears on Her Back 52
The anointing with steroid cream offered by the General Practitioner 54
Lock and key 55
Sparrows 56
Do us a favour 57
The magazine of white children 58
The Cult of the Virgin 60
Third rite 62
Wyf of Bath 63
Cataract 64
Geology 65
Holy War 67
Cat Tales 70
I Am (1) 72
I Am (2) 73
Wet patch 74
Children's Section, Grey Lynn Library 75
Yellow lava lava, Wellington 77
Document 79
I was a feminist in the eighties 80
Nuclear winter 82
Love Poem (1) 83
Tarawera, fifth rite 85
Untitled (too tired) 88
Doubt 89
The eczema-mother takes a part-time job 90
Defence, Cheltenham 91
Christ, not another rite! 92
Whakapapa 94
The Bells of Westminster 96
Pacific 98
Dragon Spleen (seventh rite) 99
They are getting closer to God all the time 101
Baby v. Homeopath 102
Love poem (2) 106
What Happened Next Door 107
Outlook for Monday 110
Millennium 111
Witchy 112
Red shoes 114
Realm, New Lynn 116
What he saw 118
Well 122
Whenua (2) 123
Epilogue: I tell you solemnly 125
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