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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019
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Ian Mullins
Liverpool, UK


Checkers

smell of summer –
ice-cream drips
sweeten the sidewalk

sun
cherry coke
bikers on the coast road, denim shorts on the beach
half-naked people loose in their skins

anxiety kicks in, kicks out
people looking

no-one's looking dummy, why would anyone want to look
I know they're not looking, but maybe they are now because they can see me looking

need to relax

relax! relax!
look at the weirdo in the office shoes umbrella in his bag wearing a sweater on a day like this

bikini girl glares at me as though I'm naked
too anxious about having a good time to have a good time

go home

safer now
if I feel better I might go out
but I only feel better because I've come back home

checkout girl smiles
me forward – we laugh
at the stuff I bought

seven TV dinners –
they used to call them
mansize

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