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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 4, December 2016

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Cynthia Rowe
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


The Embankment

A leg of lamb in the oven. A thump on our front door, a frenetic rap of urgency. A man in a wetsuit, his mien grim, unnaturally calm, heaped netting at his feet, stands there. "A lad is missing. Could we set up in your garden?" he asks.

moonlit catchment
water colliding
with itself

Across the road a quarry lies dormant, flooded from the recent rains. The clay-slicked quarry walls are steep, slippery. No handholds, nothing to clutch but hostile air. No hope for the kid who liked to skip stones. I squint my assent through spot-lit tears.

finger painting
the moon reflected
in the child’s eyes

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