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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 3, September 2013


Steven Carter
Tucson, Arizona, USA

Swan Bar I

This conversation isn’t simply dangling; it’s crashing to earth—

—Flying machines in pieces on the ground—

Still, she’s quite pretty, this new bartender. And nothing if not efficient! Or is her lyrical efficiency—she whistles a merry tune while she works—a ploy to ignore me?

And exactly why am I entertaining myself with this egotistical romp?

It comes down to self-loathing in a minor key: no matter how chilly her silences, with every sip of chard, my tip will get bigger.

The tail wagging the dog of these musings—Nietzsche:

The man who despises himself nonetheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.

stranger in the mirror—
lifting his glass
to me



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