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Maud McGehee, who has worked as a domestic in Atlanta for more than 30 years, recently published a book of poems (with the help of a longtime employer).

One of the poems tells of the warm excitement of a girl on her way to answer an advertisement for domestic help: My big white apron is shining clean, And I love every baby I've ever seen.

I'll tell that lady, if she takes me on I'll love her baby like I'd love my own.

How sweeter than a Shakespearean sonnet, murmur millions of American women.

But they also know how lamentably untrue. In fact,...

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