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i.m. our Hotpoint ‘Countess’ washing machine (1978-1989)

Quick prayer to her dangerous bulk
          wheeling centre-stage – spare us

before this moaning, juddering beast – boasting
          one angry nipple to pluck and twist

slivers of school uniform – mangles
          batches through her snatching mouth,

suds seething from shirts and skirts,
          buttons and poppers crushing flush.

Her agitator spindle and twelve-inch roller
          imply a washer of sensible capacity

but sometimes our clothes just aren’t scrubbed enough –
          they cry out for another sickening spin

on this un-merry-go-round of Lost Sundays:
          my sister and me – damp, foamy and straining

for the squeals of our playmates
          or peals of a two-o’clock ice-cream van –

Greensleeves to score the Countess,
          glorious in her scent of hot rubber.

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Nicky Kippax has recently been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Ginkgo Prize, the Live Canon International Poetry Prize and the Bath Fiction Prize. Her work can be found in many anthologies and magazines including, most recently, the summer (2021) issues of The Rialto and Poetry News. She lives in York where she runs a family bakery and is editing her first collection.

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Nicky Kippax has recently been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Ginkgo Prize, the Live Canon International Poetry Prize and the Bath Fiction Prize. Her work can be found in many anthologies and magazines including, most recently, the summer (2021) issues of The Rialto and Poetry News. She lives in York where she runs a family bakery and is editing her first collection.

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The Countess

Nicky Kippax

i.m. our Hotpoint ‘Countess’ washing machine (1978-1989)

Quick prayer to her dangerous bulk
          wheeling centre-stage – spare us

before this moaning, juddering beast – boasting
          one angry nipple to pluck and twist

slivers of school uniform – mangles
          batches through her snatching mouth,

suds seething from shirts and skirts,
          buttons and poppers crushing flush.

Her agitator spindle and twelve-inch roller
          imply a washer of sensible capacity

but sometimes our clothes just aren’t scrubbed enough –
          they cry out for another sickening spin

on this un-merry-go-round of Lost Sundays:
          my sister and me – damp, foamy and straining

for the squeals of our playmates
          or peals of a two-o’clock ice-cream van –

Greensleeves to score the Countess,
          glorious in her scent of hot rubber.