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

Volume 12, Number 3, September 2018
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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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