Issue 10

The Caretaker

I’ve lived long enough to know I should stay in the background. It’s better that way.

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Issue 10

The Adventures of Mental Man

I was struggling to hold my groceries, deeply regretting not taking a basket. You stared at me weirdly, not helping at all.

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Issue 10

Blankets for Dead Babies

Twenty-five centimetres times four over a ninety centimetre width – that would be twelve tiny blankets per metre, Margaret calculated in her head as she dropped the armload of material…

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Issue 10

Farmers Christmas

Time gets stretchy and elastic-y in the mall over Christmas. It’s slowest during late night shopping nights, when the mall starts doing midnight finishes: time basically reaches a standstill.

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Issue 10

I Forgot to Tell You About the Bears

The day of my retirement, Padi surprises me with a party at our home, sneaking her guests into the basement, their cars parked a street over so I am clueless.

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Issue 10

Stern-Faced Angels

‘For crying out loud,’ said Nana May, hands clapped to her head. ‘Dusty, you cannot wear jandals. Your Mum would be so upset. ’ ‘Whatevs, Nan.

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Issue 10

For The Love of Andrew Mehrtens

Gladys walks Andrew Mehrtens every day, rain or shine.

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Issue 10

The Kind of Light You Drown In

Luna shows her the flat on a day when a southerly is booming across the city, the sky so bright it’s nearly white overhead while the thin sun does not…

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Issue 10

Ugly Feet

You tell me I have ugly feet. You tell me this the first time we make love on your bare bed, the mattress scratching my spine.

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Issue 10

The Two Aunties

When the two aunties from Tauranga come to stay, they don’t just visit; they uproot and transplant themselves.

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Issue 10

Whatever Was Bound

In my sleep I’m a length of twine, my strands unraveling. I move up from deep ocean pulsing like an octopus.

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Issue 10

Benediction

i. We grew up on a lake – all dark water and dirty sand, boat oars and life preservers.

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