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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 3, September 2012

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John Zheng
Itta Bena, Mississsippi, USA


Haojiubujian

Twenty years ago they passed each other in the alley: she under a red oiled-paper umbrella and he in an army-green raincoat. Ten steps later he turned and looked back at her; she turned too. With an understanding smile, they turned again. That night her red oiled-paper umbrella kept pirouetting before his eyes. After that, each time he saw a red umbrella in the alley the memory of her returned.

long time no see—
trying to read a sign
in her eyes


Author’s Note: Haojiubujian (Chinese): long time no see.

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