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

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Nu Quang
Seattle, Washington, USA


After a Long Monsoon

After the long journey from a Philippines refugee camp, I wonder what DeKalb, Illinois will be like as my sponsor's husband drives me to their home at midnight. The next morning, I step onto their front porch and the green lawns, budding tulips and trees in bloom bring tears to my eyes.

Later, when I move into a rented room, my sponsor gives me cooking utensils. Instructors and fellow classmates from my junior college and coworkers at McDonald's offer rides to appointments bring food from a charity, give me clothes that look quite new.

the gift of
a writing desk—
April sun

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