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

Volume 11, Number 3, September 2017
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Renée Owen
Sebastopol, California, U.S.A.


An Ill Winter Wind

Did he come to see you for Christmas, I ask, cradling the phone and pretending at nonchalance. No, they say, their old voices thick with understanding. He had to work on Christmas Eve. Besides, he’d have to drive over here again, he doesn’t like to do. Why don’t you call him, they say, he’s home alone. I don’t reply. We all know he’ll be three sheets to the wind. After a pause, they say, but only call him if you can be nice.

all that separates
me from you
this thin pane of glass

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