Hair is choking the drain by Ian Williams

Poem Title: Hair is Choking the drain Poet Name: Ian Williams Poem: Someone should clean it the drain in the tub and the drain in the sink with a hairpin or a paperclip or a finger. Not it. Clean them. My friend in Africa has a cleaning lady. They are both Black. He tidies up a little before she arrives. Not too much. Not to repeat myself. They are both Black. Just a little. Because. Shall I go on? And he doesn’t make her doesn’t ask her to fold his laundry because his underwear something about touching his. He told me (but I forget) that he came home one afternoon and found her taking a shower in his it goes without saying yet in his bathroom. There’s no hot water where she lives. And she’s been drinking his bottled water. There’s that. So anyway so now there are plot developing tensions between them that can’t be addressed because she’s you know and some of the hair in the drain could be hers. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Ian Williams Published in Word Problems, Coach House, 2020. Ian Williams writes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. He is the author of Word Problems, a poetry collection that considers the ethical and political issues of our time as math and grammar problems. His previous collection, Personals, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His novel, Reproduction, won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his short story collection, Not Anyone’s Anything, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. He is currently an English professor at the University of Toronto after several years at UBC. A book of essays on race, Disorientation, is forthcoming in fall 2021. www.ianwilliams.ca