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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 2, June 2014

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Margaret Dornaus
Ozark, Arkansas, USA


Oculus

Soaring to one hundred-ninety feet, the Pantheon dwarfs mere mortals. It’s easy to think of Jupiter and Mars and Venus being as at home here as in the heavens. I turn my eyes from the sky lit dome to see a young couple back dropped by a colossal column of marble; their casual attire—oversized sweaters loose over shapeless khakis—belies their intensity. The boy has his arms draped around the girl; his back huddled against ancient, veined stone. They seem, in this room full of strangers and statues, like the only ones present; solitary and small, yet, somehow, capable of occupying the entire space, claiming it as their birthrights.

third niche from the left—
Raphael’s god’s eye view
of perpetual light

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