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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 2, June 2016

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Peter Butler
London, England


one black earring

. . . okay i spend too long in the bar and ignore the clock until I notice my glass is changing shape because apart from a few friends from work actually ex-friends since i got the boot i spend the entire time gazing into the eyes of the girl behind the bar the one with blonde hair and black earrings who says she has fancied me since opening time a conversation which some of my ex-friends overhear and suggest this would be a good way to spend my redundancy money at which point i suppose i totally lose the plot as all i can remember is climbing between different coloured sheets from the ones i have just woken up in to hear my wife querying her discovery under my pillow just now of one black earring . . .

in the mirror
looking for signs
of deceit

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