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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 2, June 2012

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Neal Whitman
Pacific Grove, California, USA


It's About Time

On a lark, in the springtime of 2005 I signed up for an online workshop: Poetry Boot Camp. I had always read poetry, but never had written it. And, then I promptly forgot all about it. In the summer, my wife, Elaine, was diagnosed with breast cancer and the two of us, home, after a second round of surgery, decided we had better check our emails which had been neglected for several days. In my in-box: "Boot Campers, don't forget. Your first poem is due at midnight." YIKES. I had forgotten! It was 9:00 p.m. I met the deadline and for each of the following consecutive five days. Meeting a deadline made me feel that I was in control of something. I told friends that it was my "spousal therapy."

home at dusk
at the edge of the time zone
each word counts

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