BANNER

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

Volume 13, Number 3, September 2019
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Maxianne Berger
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Once Upon a Time in a Garden of Clay

Hybrid     Part stone-ovaried gargoyle     Hollow     A conduit for rainwater and blood     The sputter of sobs       And the healers       Healers!      They’ve poked and proposed and prodded and persuaded       A vivisection of     hope       Dismantled       Laid broken on the table     Reassembled       To the same nought       The very years, by turns, have stormed and trickled through me       Thick with silt       With waste     With No

No

No

And besides    All he does is scatter seed    Everywhere    Anywhere   Elsewhere

weeping willow
encrusted with ice
another moon
it's time.
I     choose     to be childless

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