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


Calvin Z. Heyward
New Rochelle, New York, USA

Carolina blooms

Tomorrow's my birthday but I know better than to ask for anything except, maybe I'll ask God for girl hands again. My hands have forgotten how to bleed, same as my brothers and cousins. Same as my back, it don't break anymore. Sparrow starts to sing and we join her, bringing gospel to the devil's field. I drink my own sweat because the sun and shadows tell me the next break is least an hour away.

When it's time to knock off Im'ma ask Mr. Ramsey to work a bit more, all week, take a bit of the extra money and buy me ten cents worth a candy. I'll make my own party for me and my sisters.

pepper the water
naked tongue



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