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Jacqueline Crompton Ottaway
New Zealand

Marginalization - Pauline Canlas Wu
Jacqueline Crompton Ottaway has been writing stories, poems and children’s books for over twenty years and is delighted to be a member of three writing groups who help to keep her on the strait (but not too narrow) path. She especially enjoys her workshops with ‘The Eye Street Poets’ and has gained great help, insights and laughter working with Raewyn Alexander, Jack Ross, Alice Hooton, Ila Selwyn and Rosetta Allan.

It’s Getting Rough in College Hill

- Oral literature from Mr. R. Crompton

Mary fries the chips
she batters the fish

‘Open the bloody door
Where’s my dinner?’

She trembles
at the waste in his voice

Their children peer through the blinds
eyes wide, shoulders hunched

they dodge his kick
duck his punches

‘Out of the way, you bastards
a man should give you a hiding

Knock the living daylights out of you
What a life for a man

working all day
home from the pub

hungry and tired
no tea on the table

your mother’s a bitch
a cunt and a whore

she’s lazy and fat
stupid and dumb’

he sits on the bed
strips off his clothes

smells the fat and the fish
‘About time,’ he yells

His mouth waters
the food is good

‘Here’s your bloody dinner’
She moves towards him

tips the boiling fat
over the gap in his underpants