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Seventeen

April 29, 2015 | By

I wrote it for my daughter when she was seventeen. She was in her first year of University, reading English Literature, and talking to me about books, theory and writing. I told her about my feminist ‘icons’ Germaine Greer, Virginia Woolf and Alice Walker, to name a few, and she laughed and called me a femmonazi. The poem is a loving (I hope) encapsulation of our conversations in the kitchen and a time in our lives when she thought she was so grown-up and wise. Now she’s 30 and really wise 🙂

Poetry Month Special

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Walk a mile, I say
(See how far we’ve come)

Sad femmonazis, she says
(Dismissing my icons)
Postmodern posers
Running with wolves, writing in rooms,
Imposters.
Walk a mile, I say
(See how far we’ve come)
From the madwoman’s attic
In search of our mother’s gardens
Liberated.
Wild haired belly ringed barefoot
(She peels a carrot)
Mocks my compromises
And casts the first stone
Confidently.

Read more stellar poems in our Poetry Month Special Edition

Rashida Murphy has lived in Perth for most of her life. She has published widely in anthologies and journals. She has just finished a PhD in Creative Writing from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.
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