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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 1, March 2012

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Dru Philippou
El Prado, New Mexico, USA


The Spinning Top

As a child cherishes a spiral shell or blue-eyed china doll for solace, I keep a wooden top and pump the handle until the circus comes to life: hoops and umbrellas twirl, a trapeze artist flies through the air. To hear the different tones, I vary the speed, glimpse the fortuneteller's turning card, and fill in visions of magicians pulling rabbits out of hats. Pumping the top faster and faster, the colours blur into a glare of white light until it loses momentum and wobbles in ever-widening circles eventually tipping back into the silence.

the Milky Way arms winding toward brightness

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