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

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Quendryth Young
Alstonville, New South Wales, Australia


Geibi Gorge, Japan

We lounge on a mat in the flat-bottomed boat. A weatherworn man with a pole labours strongly to ferry us upstream. Autumn-clad cliffs flank the river with gold, amber, rust and ochre. I cherish the silence.

floating leaves
the boatman poles
between carp

The return journey is downstream. Our ferryman removes his coolie hat, the soft breeze lifting his sparse hair. On the bank a heron holds its pose as we glide by. I lift my eyes to the swathe of blue above.

the old man
sings of his river
soaring raptor

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