Elsa Kienberger (University of Oxford, UK)
My father has a tendency to distance himself from the possessive pronoun
When he talks to me
My mother was always your mother
My sister is always your sister
Now we live without my mother, with my grandmother
His mother is your grandmother
Except when he gets confused.
When he thinks my mother but says your mother
Then he is my brother
For a close moment I am an orphan
Until he remembers my
Elsa Kienberger is a poetry writer and Victorianist completing a master’s degree in English at the University of Oxford. While home is now located somewhere amidst the Oregon rain, her linguistic curiosity has been compounded by her experiences living and listening around the world. She also has work appearing in The Jane Austen Review and The Matrix-Saxifrage chapbook Blackout Poems.