POEM Jasmine Donahaye

NWR Issue 101

The Boarding House

The woman in 3B has smuggled in a cat.
It yowls in the night and Mr Goldstein
thumps on the ceiling with a broom, swearing
and gasping in his slippers and old dressing gown.
He hasn’t shaved in days. The landlady,
standing at his door, says, Now then,
what are you going to do about this mess?

We keep our doors ajar for just this chance...

This poem is part of a longer sequence written in response to Shani Rhys James’ work, and commissioned by the artist to form part of the installation ‘Florilingua’ in her exhibition The Rivalry of Flowers showing from November at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and previewed in NWR 101.

Jasmine Donahaye’s most recent book is Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine (UWP, 2012). Her next book, a commissioned biography of Lily Tobias, will be published in 2014 as part of Honno’s new biography series.

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