Peter Goldsworthy

Peter Goldsworthy is a doctor in Adelaide. This Goes with That: Selected Poems will be published here in October.

Poem: ‘The Operation’

Peter Goldsworthy, 7 June 2001

Becoming the person you have always been inside cannot be rushed. Dressing up in secret clothes at home – batiks and silks, caftans, sarongs – is all that you may need. If not, cuisine comes next: Asian takeaway in confidential brown paper bags. Only when ready come out in public: sitting at roadside stalls proudly becoming what you eat, stir-fry and rice, and more rice, in small...

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