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

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Peter Newton
Winchendon, Massachusetts, USA


Making Do

There is no k in the Gaelic language, my mother calls to tell me, adding: I saved this tidbit for you. Maybe you can find a place for it, you know, in one of your little poems. Thanks, I tell her. I didn't know that. I wonder why there's no k. I'll have to google it and get back to you, I say.

mid-January everyone out of what's new

But this is as far as I've gotten. Musing over why my mother saves me tidbits, stray facts or details that fall loose from her daily conversations. She thinks I make things with them. Like I am working on a puzzle and she's about to vacuum up a piece of sky but stops, saving it from being sucked inside the darkness. Lost to oblivion.

poem by poem where is home again?

What can I make of her most recent contribution? The no k thing in my grandmother's native tongue. Maybe she's giving me a clue to a different sort of puzzle. One she hasn't figured out yet. What will I tell her if I don't make some discovery? And soon. What if I can't come up with a good reason? A good poem? Find the place she wants me to fill in?

scraping by
our town's
one good plow

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