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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 3, September 2014

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Dru Philippou
Taos, New Mexico, USA


Fellowship

I miss the old pouches, glued inside library books,
The turquoise-lined checkout cards that slotted within them,
The names of classmates caught by the librarian’s looping strokes,
The scent of black India ink, the sound of the rubber-stamp.

I miss knowing who read the books before me;
I remember Pauline, Effie, Grace,
Scribed with my name, one after the other
Like we played jump rope in the schoolyard.

between yellowed pages,
my place marked
by a worn card

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