Natasha Trethewey


Natasha Trethewey Poems

1. Vespertina Cognitio 3/13/2014
2. Elegy For The Native Guards 3/13/2014
3. Miscegenation 2/10/2015
4. Providence 2/27/2014
5. South 3/13/2014
6. History Lesson 3/13/2014
7. Pilgrimage 2/27/2014
8. Kitchen Maid With Supper At Emmaus, Or The Mulata 2/27/2014
9. Incident 3/13/2014
10. Myth 3/13/2014
11. Theories Of Time And Space 3/13/2014
12. Letter Home 1/20/2003
13. Flounder 1/20/2003
14. Domestic Work, 1937 1/13/2003
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Domestic Work, 1937

All week she's cleaned
someone else's house,
stared down her own face
in the shine of copper--
bottomed pots, polished
wood, toilets she'd pull
the lid to--that look saying

Let's make a change, girl.

But Sunday mornings are hers--
church clothes starched
and hanging, a record spinning
on the console, the whole house
dancing. She raises the shades,
washes the rooms in light,
buckets of water, Octagon soap.

Cleanliness is next to godliness ...

Windows and doors flung wide,
curtains two-stepping
forward and back, neck ...

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