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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 1, March 2015

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R.L. Black
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


Rice

I'm no good with needle and thread, no domestic goddess, and yet I tread the way. Try to find the damn hay with the prize. Wonder how a camel can ease through when I strain to get in. I sew the final stitch, close the gap, find pretty paper to wrap your homemade hand warmers, made with pieces of my old gray sweatshirt. We had no money for what you called store-bought nonsense. You open your gift and you're angry with me for using the last of the rice.

poinsettias—
the landlord says
fifteen days

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