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

Volume 12, Number 4, December 2018

Matthew Caretti
Ha Lumisi, Lesotho

Witching Hour

An elder hushes the village crowd. Recounts the events of this past week. The strange lights. The disappearances. The sighting of a bloodsucker …

frenzied cries
the story takes shape
in the fire

A priest from the nearby town steps into the wavering light. Offers a blessing. Reminds the villagers that the spirit world is in eternal struggle. Light balancing dark. So those practicing malevolent juju, he says, must be chased …

into the night
hurried footfall

He leads them. Through the night forest. Into a sudden clearing. Soon compound walls are smashed. Thatch burned. Then the quiet crackle of embers. He whispers a prayer. Eyes upturned. Toward an afterglow …

of hope
each gentle ring
round the moon



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