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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019
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John Budan
Newberg, Oregon, USA


Illusion

I walk along the canal Saint-Martin to Hotel du Nord, the location of the famous classic French film of the same name. I enter the hotel and order an absinthe at the bar. Sitting next to me is an attractive young woman who looks familiar. She introduces herself as Renee. After a few minutes of small talk, she takes my hand and says, “Let's go. This is the end.” I respond, “The end of what?” But I already know the answer. I’ve seen this film a hundred times. “It's the end of the Hotel du Nord.” We exit onto the Quai Jemmapes. The year is 1938 or 2019.

revising my life
just enough moon
reflected in puddles

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