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

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018

Peter Newton
Winchendon, Massachusetts, USA

What’s New

Established in 1764 our small town reached the height of its economic vitality a hundred years later. Buckets, wooden ware and toys mostly. A confluence of rivers and mills. By the turn of the last century everyone in America had heard of this out-of-the-way place. I mean who didn't need a ladder or a hand-carved rocking horse. There was a burgeoning middle class and no embarrassment of wealth.

by a plate glass sky
false spring

Now, our main drag is a shadow of its former self. Storefronts are little more than dirty windows soaped from the inside. Between sun-faded For Lease signs curled at the edges there are two barbers, three pizza places and one new drugstore. Just last year a national chain plunked down a big box where three houses and a stately old barn once stood.

a break
in the canopy
our tree fort window

Town planners made the multinational build a small cupola on top of the drugstore’s roof to meet historical standards. A nod to what was torn down. A brand new building topped off with a weather vane that doesn’t work. That's pretty much what's new. I mean if I were ever to send a postcard.

past the age of picnics this longing



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