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

Volume 12, Number 4, December 2018

Renée Owen
Sebastopol, California, USA

The Sea Lion

Sun glints off his rounded belly, enormous, sprawling in the heat. The creosote-soaked dock rolls gently in the wake of sailboats and ferries. He, immobile, peers around with glassy eyes. A thick length of fishing line lassos his midsection, ends knotted in a matted snarl. When he moves, the taut rope tightens, cuts into glistening skin. A bystander who’s not too busy finally calls for help. Before the bevy of marine biologists arrive, with their notebooks, nets and a cage, he takes off. Still tethered to our manmade world, he searches in the frigid coastal waters for ever-diminishing fish.

toy soldiers
guard their plastic island
pacific gyre  



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