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Genoways, Ted / Anna, washing
(2001)

The Anthony Wayne washing machine,   p. 14


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The Anthony Wayne Washing Machine
    The Scales, Chilkoot Pass, Oct-1897
Her washer sways against the counterweight
then sinks. The packer adds another stone,
watches it drop, then lift. Abe asks the rate
per pound again. Anna rests on the bones
of a boat. Around her: forks, one left glove,
spring-mounted seats, chains, cog-wheels. A woman
stumbles, strapped to a sheet-iron stove,
rises, rejoins the man-train worming
its way to the summit. Anna thinks, If
he does this, if-this once-he would bend,
I could pull him close, let his broad hands lift
my hems, close my eyes, remember Finland....
The packer shoves her washer from the scale.
Abe shouts, squints at the slope, reckons angle.
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