Poem of the week: An Improver by Lesbia Harford

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Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 11:07am

An Improver

Maisie’s been holding down her head all day,
Her little red head. And her pointed chin
Rests on her neck that slips so softly in
The square-cut low-necked darling dress she made
In such a way, since it’s high-waisted, too,
It lets you guess how fair young breasts begin
Under the gentle pleasant folds of blue.

The Australian poet and novelist Lesbia Harford, 1891-1927, was among the first women to graduate in law from the University of Melbourne. But her achievement was no passport to a life of middle-class ease.

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