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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 11, Number 2, June 2017
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Johannes S. H. Bjerg
Højby, Denmark


Magpie

Together they have a dog. It’s a porcelain dog. It doesn’t need much. Just a dusting from time to time and they take turns doing that. She considers it part of the family now the kids don’t come visiting. He says nothing. Exploring the bog in his belly takes up all his attention. She suggests they buy a few more porcelain dogs to keep the first one company. He says something about a well-preserved body and a leather pouch containing glass pearls. Probably Roman. She takes that as a “yes.” Later that day a magpie sits outside the window looking it. Nobody will ask it what it saw.

carpets of crocuses—
sure they’re following
a plan!

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