Fall 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1994 |

Housekeeping in the New World

            Maryland, 1969 She cut her hair and joined a writing class. But odder still to him, she never wrote to relatives. She bought foreign plants and rooted vines on every windowsill, used Latin names for flowers, wore slacks not saris, and turned on a Joplin rag or Sousa drill, and frequently the vacuum, sucking footsteps out (as if for one moment the children would disappear)—               and him: he craved baingan fried and kofta curry. He didn't count her sloppy joes as food, the canned sauce and bread from plastic wrap— or frozen subzi boiled until the taste returned to the nothing smell of steam. baingan (Hindi), eggplant; kofta, meatball; subzi, vegetables

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