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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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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.

stopped
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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