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

Volume 11, Number 4, December 2017
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Dave Reed
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Franklin’s Expedition

Madness. It begins slowly: single drops of water falling from an icicle's tip. But each drop loosens the base, weakens its hold. Then, all at once, the icicle falls - smashes into a million pieces.

There were many drops of madness for the last men of the Terror. A dead captain. No more rations. Frozen corpses. The feeling of being lost in a land of ice, an entire ocean away from home.

One can imagine the level of suffering from lead poisoning, the realization that death was inevitable for those who remained.

Still, there is a curiosity about the transition of a mind. Even in madness, one can't help but wonder how that first man chooses that first bite of human flesh.

sea floor . . .
the hollowed remains
of a skull

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