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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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Adelaide B. Shaw
Millbrook, New York, USA


The Unexpected

It starts with a pinprick on the middle finger of my left hand. Immediately, another prick. Within a minute—pain. Increasing in intensity, moving down to the knuckles. Sharp, throbbing pain, followed by redness and swelling. A grotesque hand with pulpy sausage fingers.

a beauty, they said
with her golden brightness
and wasp waist
her true nature revealed
with her stinging barbs

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