Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Great Regulars: The nurse is a woman of colour:

the speaker notices her legs "shining darkly through the white hospital stockings". Nurses in stories usually have sturdy legs: this one defies the stereotype. The "Hasid from the camera store" is subjected to some not unsympathetic humour, as, performing the impossible, he "mumbles . . . the nameless name of god".

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: Night Subway by Katha Pollitt


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