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

Volume 12, Number 3, September 2018

Anna Cates
Wilmington, Ohio, USA

Status Quo

Surfing the Net, one search leads to another until I’m staring at images of nude and semi-nude women and men, mostly women, protesting war, rape, Sharia, fur, meat, Trump, Burberry, body image, and even just the unnaturalness of clothing. I scroll down and pause at a single image: a nude woman in the desert, with “I destroy the family” written in black across her skin. It reminds me of a Thanksgiving from my past, when my father, a retired minister, for no apparent reason told me, “You’re trying to destroy the family.” I guess destroying the family is something single women do once they move beyond their youth but remain childless. The accusation left me speechless.

a cactus
fallen out of bloom—
snakeskin moon



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