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

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Matthew Caretti
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, USA


Crazy Wisdom

Flesh of the spirit and soul of the body. The clarity that does so much damage.
—Jack Gilbert, "Résumé"

When the known becomes sacred, the thing itself before piety sets in. Whole and complete. Just this. Ravaging what we think we know. This is that. What is then profane?

Tonight I've been laid low. On the floor, yet elated. All around me bodies in limbo. Stomachs churn as we pull our spirits upright. On squat tables, remnants of our feast. Rice. Kimchi. Squid. And empty bottles. Too many to count.

The-One-Who-Knows slumps against a far wall. His lips curving into a mad grin. Always so. The others begin to stir. But he remains unmoving, eyes closed. Just as they'd been about to start the lesson.

cold soju
warms the guru's words
. . . One more round!

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