Verse 8: At 35 weeks
You used to call each other Stinky
when first in love – as pet names go,
a little odd. But you were dinky-
di. We watched you thrive and grow
together, get jobs, win promotions,
make a home, fly over oceans
more than once. The sweet stink stayed
for fourteen years. The nest was made.
On Saturday a baby shower
marked the end of DINKish days,
and she-who’s-now-a-lump will raise
the stinky level, like a flower
that opens in the radiant dawn.
It’s just five weeks until she’s born
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- Belvoir: Into the Woods (James Lapine & Steven Sondheim 1987) 26 March 2023Image from Belvoir websiteThis is a brilliant production of a great piece of theatre, directed by Eamon Flack, with music re-orchestrated for piano(s) by Guy Simpson, and an ingenious use of Belvoir's open stage set-up.
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- Quarterly Essay 88: Lone Wolf (Katharine Murphy 2023) 14 March 2023Subtitle: 'Albanese and the New Politics'. It's now three months since this was published. I'm interested to see if time has been kind to it. I expect it has.
- Belvoir: Into the Woods (James Lapine & Steven Sondheim 1987) 26 March 2023
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