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Janet Charman
New Zealand

Brief Bio: Last year Janet Charman's collection 'cold snack', AUP, 2007, won the Montana Poetry Prize. She lives and writes in Auckland.

to speke of wo that is in mariage

my darling

to know me

I take her
to meet my mother

who has no reason
to remember

both of them
show the sweetest temper

as they speak
uncomprehendingly each to the other

my wife forgets to pretend and then
pretends to forget