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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 4, December 2012

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Brian Zimmer
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.


But will they come when you do call for them?
                                            —Henry the Fourth, Part I, Act 3, scene 1, 52–58

The dead are dead. They molder and replenish the earth, their dust fertilizes the blackberry tree. This is the only life. It is enough.

first to enter
mother still warm
to my kiss
how quickly gravity
has its gentle way

Yet, ghosts exist. Not merely those who haunt memory but pale faces at the windows of empty houses, perfumes and sighs.

up ahead
in the headlights
a man—
was that vapor
or was he burning?

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” * We see many things with no idea how common hallucination is, even among groups. The uncanny is not exceptional. Still, all conclusions remain tentative.

rocking she nods
her palsied head
“never, not once . . .”
the swallows return
the days grow longer


Author’s Note: *Possibly based on a quote by Laplace: “The weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its strangeness,” later popularized by Carl Sagan as “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” This, in turn, may have been based on David Hume's statement, “A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”

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