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

Volume 12, Number 3, September 2018

Tim Gardiner
Manningtree, Essex, England, UK

On the Shelf

My comic books remain lined up in order of release. On the first volume, the dust of three decades is unmoved by cloth, draught, or hand, Tintin's quiff yellow and faded. A water stain blurs Inca mummies, the only intrigue on a bland cover.

prisoners of the sun . . .
flies harass
the windowpane
finally, a flower
on the bedroom cactus

Snowy, in a space suit, looking over the Hipparchus Crater, cuts a forlorn figure these days, with a rip slicing him in two. Despite the dog-eared pages, where sleep gained ascendancy, I can't bring myself to throw these stories away. Besides, I'm in no rush to clear out the back room.

still dreaming
of lunar adventure . . .
moonlight explores
the red and white
of a rocket

Author's Note: Prisoners of the Sun and Explorers on the Moon are two illustrated adventure stories by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Tintin and Snowy are characters in his stories.



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