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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 4, December 2014


Dru Philippou
Taos, New Mexico, USA

Treasure Trove

The BBC reported that a corner shop has been found intact, all as it was 60 years ago. Back then, we called them sweet shops even though they sold everything from tobacco to soaps and sewing needles. We'd run errands for our parents or neighbours, usually for a penny. Past the tinkling bell was everything a child could want: sugar pigs with peach snouts and ears, rainbow dust and flying saucers, jumbo gobstoppers and lollypops, too; milk gums and blackjacks, four-for-a-penny; liquorice twists, kola kubes, fizzers, boiled sweets sparkling like jewels; and for the diligent child, toffee—long slow pulls on the teeth.

clouding the glass
with her breath
a girl entranced
by the cha-ching
of the cash register

a boy's halfpenny
rolls under the counter
far from reach
the jar thuds
back into place



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