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

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Kyle D. Craig
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


The Window Table

Coffee shops possess an etiquette that forces itself upon its patrons, tips them toward behaviors which ego and desire would admonish. Most don’t even require words: someone leaves the local section of a newspaper behind, or without ever looking up from stirring their cup a person passes the cream to a customer who enters from their periphery. Another grabs the door for the woman wearing a newborn, and then someone stands from their table and gestures to the person waiting next in line, as if to say, here, take this one.

from the corner
of my eye, a flicker
in the window . . .
my head says sparrow
my heart tanager

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