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The Back Seat of My Mother's Car

Julia Copus


The Back Seat of My Mother's Car

Julia Copus


Poem introduction

This whole poem takes place over a few seconds. It describes the moment when a mother drives away from her husband for the last time, with their little girl sitting in the back seat. It's written in a new form which I developed while I was writing my first book. The form is called 'Specular', after the Latin for a 'mirror', because the second half of the poem uses the same lines as the first, but in reverse order, as if the whole thing is looking back at itself in a mirror. Here the car window acts as a reflecting device in the middle of the poem. The poem is spoken by the little girl.

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