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  • Walking to the House of the Foreign Woman Who Never Has to Visit Her Homeland
  • Donna J. Gelagotis Lee (bio)

I have not come to ask you questions, only to look, to stand in the road that cradles your house. I see it has two rooms only, that your husband's boots are outside the door, and that a small tricycle is toppled onto its side just below the window. The breeze is almost silent. You must be sleeping with your Greek husband who mixes limestone and cement to build walls and foundations. You must have cooked for him, must have taken his plate and washed the dishes by hand before joining him to sleep. The house is quiet. And my footsteps are like stones on the cobblestone path, as I walk slowly so as not to wake you so as not to hear how to be the Greek wife you've become.

Donna J. Gelagotis Lee

Donna J. Gelagotis Lee's poetry has appeared in numerous literary and scholarly journals, including Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Feminist Studies, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, The Massachusetts Review, The Seattle Review, and Women's Studies Quarterly. Donna's manuscript Deciding Not to Wear Glasses was a finalist for the 2005 May Swenson Poetry Award. Her manuscript On the Altar of Greece was a finalist for the 2005 Richard Snyder Memorial Poetry Prize, the 2004 Gival Press Poetry Award, and the 2004 Winnow Press First Book Award in Poetry. Currently a freelance editor in New Jersey, Donna lived in Greece for many years.



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