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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 1, March 2014

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Ruth Holzer
Herndon, Virginia, USA


Via della Croce

After you moved to a larger apartment you decided that you needed me as a housekeeper. I would have worked for free, but you insisted on paying me to come in every day and create some order out of the chaos. I scrubbed the bathroom while you were in your studio painting. I swept the studio while you were locked in the bedroom. I cleaned the kitchen while you fought with your lover on the balcony. I took care of your cat and parrot, walked your black and blond Afghan hounds for miles along the Tiber. All the while remaining in the background, grateful to be part of your life.

drowning—
I refill the bucket
with clean water

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