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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 11, Number 1, March 2017

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Chris Bays
Beavercreek, Ohio, USA


Rustbelt

tired of reading
vampire stories...
harvest moon

I drive down Springfield's side streets—railroad tracks hidden beneath ragweed, rubble where a factory once stood, run-down housing—thinking about my students who live here.

They're courageous. They've survived these streets. They've moved past their lots in life. Yet, many flee to pulp and fantasy as if those were winning tickets out of here.

Haven't I shared with them my own past—papa with PTSD; mama, a child of war?

Haven't I told them that the best writing often rises from personal tragedies?

I turn the car toward suburbia, heading home into the night.

soldier zombies
storm their pages...
sunrise

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