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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 The Simple Life
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I drive on the Pacific Highway and cry to Elvis songs, sobbing because I can't love you, smoking tasteless cigarettes because my nose is blocked. I drive through town and eye dusty tradies and imagine marrying one. I imagine cooking him a budget lasagne in an old Queenslander. Our dirty, nicenatured children run around barefoot. My breasts have sagged and I'm not wearing any make-up. We wait for him to get home and, when he does, I crack a blue can of beer for him and I like the sound. We sit at an old table and eat carbs after 7 pm. He says things like fair dinkum and done instead of did but I don't care. Later we get into bed, he smells sweaty and his stomach is soft and hairy. I suck his cock and fall asleep with his cum still on my chest...'

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    y separately published work icon Voiceworks no. 89 Winter 2012 16748349 2012 periodical issue 'For a few years I lived in a tiny beachside town six hours from Melbourne. It was the kind of place with postcard-perfect shorelines, mudbrick houses and a prep-to–year  twelve college. So, even in a combined classroom, there were only ten other kids in my class, the majority of whom weren’t mad keen on books. These being the dark days of dial-up, whatchya saw was pretty much whatchya got in terms of a peer group – and even worse, selection at the school library. After moving to suburbia, the hourlong train ride into the city felt like teleportation in super-slow motion. The pull of those corporate towers sheltering hidden cafes was physical. Like an undertow or tractor beam. By the time adolescence kicked in proper, I was caught up in a powerful question familiar to all fledgling artists: once you realise you’re a writer, what next? I’d already taught myself to like coffee and some Silvia Plath. Now I wanted more.' (Kat Muscat, Editorial introduction) 2012 pg. 38-39
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