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from When I Say I Believe Women

Emily Critchley

When I say I believe women & men read & write 

differently I mean that women & men read & write pretty 

differently. Whether this is biologically 'essential' or just 

straightforward like when you left the toaster burning or 

because women have a subordinated relationship to 

power in their guts I don't know. Is this clear enough for 

you to follow. I don't know. When I say we should try 

not to forget the author, this is because that would be bad 

manners as well as ridiculous. When I say there is a 

centre into which exclusion bends I mean nothing. When 

I hear you ask how much money did you get or how far 

have you got into your work, something internal plunges 

for the exit, like puking, it wants to get out—because 

you're still being hostile (after all these years)—& look 

toward the charcoaled meats for rescue. There they are 

still on fire. 


From The Paper No. 9 (September 2007)