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

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018
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Mark Forrester
Hyattsville, Maryland, USA


Florence

When she was young (I learned years later) she sang in nightclubs and had a wild reputation. But she is an old woman now, with a raspy voice. Her husband Ed, with whom she lived in the house across our lane, is dead, and Florence has moved into this small apartment, in a high-rise facility for senior citizens. She is seated with my mother at the kitchen table—their conversation falls and rises, pauses and resumes, in the background, as I lie on the thick carpet in front of her television set, running my hand across the stiff fabric, watching the color turn light green in one direction, then darker green in the other.

months    years    pass
the stream bank shifts
slightly

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