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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 1, March 2013

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Jessica Malone Latham
Santa Rosa, California, USA


Phone Calls

I called my mother this afternoon, but she was too oblivious to hear my dis-ease. So I rang my brother and he didn't pick up the phone. I left a message for my sister who was most likely on the other line talking with one of her children or her fiancé. Then I called my friend and she answered my call. Prepared to have small talk, she told me about the recent triumph over her usual sugar battle and the exercise routine she'd been following. When she asked how I was—I started to cry. The question alone was enough.

dissipating fog
drivers unaware
of the lone egret

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