The Countess

By Nicky Kippax

i.m. our Hotpoint ‘Countess’ washing machine (1978-1989) Quick prayer to her dangerous bulk          wheeling centre-stage – spare us – before this moaning, juddering beast – boasting          one angry nipple to pluck and twist slivers of school uniform – mangles          batches through her snatching mouth, suds seething from shirts and skirts,          buttons and poppers crushing flush. Her agitator spindle and […]