The Hair in the Bag

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Jenny Black­ford is a poet and au­thor based in New­cas­tle, Aus­tralia. Her po­ems have ap­peared in The Pedestal Mag­a­zine, Strange Hori­zons, Star*line and Rhys­ling an­tholo­gies, as well as var­i­ous an­tholo­gies and ven­er­a­ble lit­er­ary jour­nals. Pamela Sar­gent called her sub­ver­sively fem­i­nist his­tor­i­cal novella set in an­cient Greece, The Pri­est­ess and the Slave, “el­e­gant.” Her first po­etry chap­book, The Du­ties of a Cat, was pub­lished in 2013 by Pitt Street Po­etry.

The Hair in the Bag

She keeps her hair in a drug­store bag in the boot of the small pink car. We all get shown it.

Or per­haps it crawls on its curled blonde ten­drils, si­lent as the thin grey cat that shad­ows her. We all get shown it.

The nurses don’t be­lieve her, but see the smoky crea­ture there un­der her chair, toy­ing with one golden strand. Where will it go,

when there’s no hair left on the pale bone dome? The plas­tic bag is two-thirds full of her crown­ing pride. We all get shown it.

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