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


Patricia Prime
Te Atatu South, Auckland, New Zealand

Feijoas      Bowl      Spoon      Table

outside the window
camouflaged by leaves
a grey warbler
sings in the branches
of the ancient apple tree

The painting you made now hangs on my wall: a glass dish of green feijoas; the bowl’s bevelled rim and the serving spoon with its hollow declivity shadowed on the ancient oak table brought over on a sailing ship by your grandparents. In the table’s shadow, the filtered softer brown hypotenuse from the floor up to the table top appears to be much bigger than me looking at the watercolour.

full of nothing      s  p  a  c  e  s      around highlighted shapes.

in a jar of water
the easel splashed with colour
stands empty



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