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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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Christine Taylor
Plainfield, New Jersey, USA


1983

Mom worked part-time at the deli downtown near the corner of Front and Grove, the counters lined with plastic towers that dispensed nickel-candies we weren’t allowed to touch. She stashed us in a rear aisle, tucked with our school books behind bulk-packages of Bounty paper towels. Sometimes the stock guy Anthony hooked us up with one of the fat dill pickles that swam in glass gallon jars, peppercorns settled in brine. They cost 25¢. He never asked us for the quarters back. He never asked us for anything else either.

tempest-tossed,
daisies still reach
for the sun

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