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

Volume 12, Number 1, March 2018

Scott Wiggerman
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Albuquerque Gracias

I always had good penmanship as a child. It’s why my mother employed me each December to address her Christmas cards—friends, neighbors, my father’s co-workers, relatives, most in Illinois or Wisconsin. The one I loved to address went to my godmother in Albuquerque. Albuquerque: so enticing to a Chicago boy, with its two q’s and exotic pronunciation. My mother met her while their husbands were stationed in North Carolina. A woman she hadn’t seen since—and would never see again.

Decades later I fly into the city, check into El Don on Route 66 near Old Town, and later watch the city light up like a firefly display from atop Sandia Peak. I think of my godmother, Pat, whose last name I no longer know. Perhaps she’s moved, divorced, died? Yet I feel that one of those desert lights below could be her, and I silently thank her for leading me to Albuquerque. Somehow, it is enough.

letter-perfect —
la tierra encantadora
vantage point



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