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

Volume 13, Number 2, June 2019

Francis W. Alexander
Sandusky, Ohio, USA


It’s nineteen eighty-one and the place smells of perfume and alcohol. Tipsy, I am in a Pittsburgh disco nightclub. I get up and move towards the bathroom. This dude blocks my path. “Excuse me,” I say, probably spraying him with saliva as I speak. He gives me a funny look.

“Excuse me,” I say again. His lips move. Anger. He looks angry. I move to push him out of the way. He does the same.

After shoving the mirror, I feel my face flushing. Shame overwhelms me as my eyes sweep around the room with me hoping no one had seen my embarrassment.

the kid’s attempts to twirl
a dollar bill



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