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Master Bedroom, 1859

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 1, 2013
p. 44 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0016

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She had only just kissed her children
and begun disrobing when
her husband’s shoulders filled the door.
A thin sweat sucked the linen
against his flat belly.

August heat revealed everyone, she thought.
Ladies sweated off their fine powder, sticky
rouge. Girls threw their petticoats in piles.
The black bodies slowed their work. Her husband’s
blood rose by degrees. He tore at her
underclothes. He had assumed the overseer’s
work today in a humid delirium. He had taken
a man’s skin off. He was made
of one thousand hands. Some fastened
her necklaces. Held her daughter’s
soft skull in the night. He
was powered by steam.

He peeled his breeches off and held her
around the belly like a dead weight.
He broke against her like a storm,
the force of earth beating to destroy
whatever man has built. Beating to destroy
always and remorselessly itself.

Copyright © 2013 The Curators of the University of Missouri
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Katie Bickham. "Dining Room, 1811, and: Kitchen, 1850, and: Master Bedroom, 1859, and: Front Porch, 1900, and: Widow’s Walk, 1917, and: Child’s Bedroom, 1933, and: Parlor, 2012." The Missouri Review 36.1 (2013): 41-52. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Bickham, K.(2013). Dining Room, 1811, and: Kitchen, 1850, and: Master Bedroom, 1859, and: Front Porch, 1900, and: Widow’s Walk, 1917, and: Child’s Bedroom, 1933, and: Parlor, 2012. The Missouri Review 36(1), 41-52. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Katie Bickham. "Dining Room, 1811, and: Kitchen, 1850, and: Master Bedroom, 1859, and: Front Porch, 1900, and: Widow’s Walk, 1917, and: Child’s Bedroom, 1933, and: Parlor, 2012." The Missouri Review 36, no. 1 (2013): 41-52. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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