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

Volume 13, Number 2, June 2019
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Amanda Bell
Dublin, Ireland


Fur in the Game

All gorillas are called Da: the Original Da, Granny Da, Blue Da, and Fna-fna Da. Fna-fna Da is named after cousin Vanessa. He is tiny, and has no hands. I bit them off, afraid that if I didn’t, the baby would choke on them.

squirming in my mouth
the newborn’s fingers
their pliable nails

Original Da had his chest-fur plucked one rainy afternoon, and languishes baldly in the attic. Fna-fna Da is twenty-one. He resurfaced recently, retrieved from a wardrobe by a bored Siamese, who flings him in the air by his little fraying arm-ends, over and over again.

allowed out at last—
the kitten tumbles over
his predecessor’s grave

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