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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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Louise Viera
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA


Nuno Burns the Photos

Gaetano stands in the cellar. Chickens hang from pipes. Feathers soak in a thick tub. He feeds the furnace with photos from the old country. My aunt whispers "Pa" but does not raise her hand. Such is the geography of respect.

family reunion—
   his thumb on the wishbone

I retell their stories, scraps and crumbs of memory . . . the daily brodo and the horned bread for dunking, the grapevine by the chicken coop, the wine in cool green bottles, the wooden polenta stick . . . the burning details. Nuno, so much is lost in fire, in the snap of heat.

dandelion seeds—
    a spore sticks to her cheek

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