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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 1, March 2016

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Seánan Forbes
New York, New York, USA/London, UK


Against Wolves

On the farm, they talk about that which goes deeper than bone, that which lies beyond bone, beneath skin and nerve and fiber. Land, they talk about, and grain and rain and sky, and why crops need rotating, or why the soil does. The ways that chicken benefit the earth, and how cows are better if they’re fed on grass instead of on each other, and how manufactured chemicals have no business on our food or in the ground. The old ones thump twisted fists on leathered knees and talk about how big agriculture needs to stay away from small farms. The middle ones look guilty, like they know they should have listened long before. The young ones, some look stubborn and some look like they’re trying not to seem all hopeless. Against wolves, you can build fences. Against coyotes, you can sit up nights and use a gun. Some things, though . . . . Some things, you just can’t trap.

family farm
someone’s patent
blowing on the wind

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