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Aurora, a young migrant from the Philippines, fell in love with Luke, another cash-in-hand cleaner. She moved in with him, and his mother, Joan. But one morning, Luke was gone, and Joan badgered her into a trip to the south coast. Rented a caravan. Left Aurora stranded and confused.
This radio poem for three voices settles the scholarly debate about the conclusion of The Wife’s Lament, the Old English poem from which this work is freely adapted: refusing to stoically endure her fate, Aurora takes what power she has into her own hands, and calls a curse down upon Luke’s head.