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Izod, K. (2016). Live Wire. Att: New Dir. in Psychother. Relat. Psychoanal., 10(2):153.

(2016). Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 10(2):153

Live Wire

Karen Izod

My father, Albert, was named for his father,

and his before. Generations, wire-men all,

before electrician became the word.

If you electrocute y'self Bert, I'll kill you,

my mother would say, keeping the stool still

while he ran wires out the box.

I would jiggle on the back of the sofa,

coat-hanger aloft, reaching for a signal.

Arial they called me, the live wire.

Five television sets sat on the carpet,

one for Rediffusion, one for BBC

one for picture, one for sound,

and one warming up, its valves buzzing

twenty-four hours a day, including storms.

Now my father is dead, my mother has a television

in every room: on all day, on all night.

They keep me company she says, though I'm not watching them.

I hear their chatter meeting in the hallway, like neighbours, calling through the door.

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