“Maori women pay price for their high addiction rate” (Laurence Stacey)

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………………..after the miscarriage
………………..she still eats
………………..for two

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Headlines:

“Maori women pay price for their high addiction rate” (New Zealand Herald)

“Bacteria can cause miscarriages” (New River Valley News)

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Poem by Laurence Stacey (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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^ 4 Comments...

  1. Chen-ou Liu

    A socio-political-cultural problem behind a sad personal story. This is a good example to show how the diction of the poem adds to its effectiveness.
    Laurence, an engaging read. Thanks for sharing.

    Chen-ou

  2. Dick Whyte

    Chen-ou, I totally agree – the diction here is perfect. The rhythm staggers down the poem. Perfectly done Laurence (you know how much I love this poem).

  3. Chris White

    Laurence, just to say that I also think this is a really brilliant poem. So simple, and perfectly executed. Thanks for this one (I remember it well from DA).

  4. Laurence Stacey

    Thanks guys! I had reworked this poem down from a tanka awhile back. I too like the structure of this one better. I like the idea that the poem “condenses” to the last unit, where the “aha” moment is revealed.

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