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Max in three words — February 8, 2017

Max in three words

When I read this work out loud, I feel like I’m naked on a coat hanger … this is a difficult piece for me, yet one that I am most proud of. In 2012 my poetry mentor Claire Gaskin prompted the class to express 10 years of life in three word sentences. Instantly I was reminded of my son’s prosody of speech. I felt like I’d finally found the way to express our story.

The work was first published in Southerly’s  Long Paddock and can be found here. Max in Three Words has also been performed as a monologue by the Ruby Theatre Company.

Like other work I have written in collaboration with Max, I believe the piece is more powerful when heard.