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

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Lynn Edge
Tivoli, Texas, USA


Primal Instinct

A group of teenagers dressed in costumes demonstrate Native American dances at the zoo.

feathered arms
sweep the sky
eagle dancer

the sway
of his feather bustle
war chant

Between performances three dancers walk toward a row of cages. The fringe on their leather clothes swings when they move; shiny beads decorate their shirts. When a lioness charges from the far corner of her cage to where we stand, the man next to me gasps and grabs his chest. The lioness's eyes blazeā€”no one can look into that heat and not feel fear.

a lioness roars
and the whole zoo answers
rolling thunder

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