Submission to Cordite 89: DOMESTIC

By and | 14 August 2018


Poetry for Cordite 89: DOMESTIC is guest-edited by Natalie Harkin.

I invite you to lean into this DOMESTIC sphere in all its homely undoing. Use words like beautiful bait to seduce hearts with razor-sharp decolonising intent and rupture the masquerading shape of cosy bliss, as only a poem can. Haunt with your words, for there is unfinished business on this domestic front yet to be reckoned with. Toil your words and share the swollen, blistering, back-breaking load to sweep-up and expose this whole mess. Use your words like a class action against those who actively refuse us a healthy and diverse and peaceful, beloved community. Bear witness to history’s omissions and let future generations know you are with them. Breathe your words straight to them despite fearing what tomorrow’s air will taste like. Honour their future as hopeful and loved and safe and just and whole. Protest for them, and return some nutrient-vision to a parched, gasping foundation that drifts and slides elusive, almost impossible to grasp. Plant old local seeds with your words so they grow into story trees with the deepest roots and life-giving canopies; that may shape their worlds, shelter and birth them, feed them and make them feel well. Let us unravel these starched-white apron-strings, sip hot-black-tea from chipped porcelain tea-cups and get uncomfortable together; un-settle this DOMESTIC front and shape what survival looks and feels like.

Domestic Help / Domestic Mess / Domestic Front / Domestic Prowess / Domestic Violence / Domestic Goddess / Domestic Blooms / Domestic Slave / Domestic Livestock / Domestic Wage / Domestic Borders / Domestic Soil / Domestic Power / Domestic Law / Domestic Cleaner / Domestic Care / Domestic Climate / Domestic Affairs / Domestic Union / Domestic Bliss / Domestic Homeland / Domestic Service / Domestic Safety / Domestic Control / Domestic Cook / Domestic Apron / Domestic Ranks / Domestic Rights / Domestic Products / Domestic Quarters / Domestic Uniform / Domestic Protection / Domestic Load / Domestic Pleasure / Domestic Exploitation / Domestic Diaspora / Domestic Origins / Domestic Appliance / Domestic Budget

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