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The poetry of housework

While vacuuming a floor this afternoon I fell to wondering if there is any poetry celebrating the thing most women, and many men, spend much of their lives doing, i.e. housework.

A quick google showed me there’s plenty on the web.

The first site I came across is an excellent blog called Campari and Sofa who posted an amusing poem – Dust if you Must. This unserious poem by Rose Milligan suggests that dusting is a waste of time compared to the other things one might be doing.

Another unserious poem is The Marvelous Homework and Housework Machine by Kenn Nesbitt on Poetry4kids.

The Marvelous Homework & Housework Machine
will always make sure that your bedroom is clean.

There is, in fact, a book about housework and poetry edited by Pamela Gemin: Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets do Housework.

There are many other sites, humorous and serious, listed but I don’t have time to look at them all. However, next time I’m fed up with dusting, I’ll do a quick browse and have a laugh.

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