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


Violette Rose-Jones
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

At Cowan, During the Lindt Café Siege

A German shepherd in Kevlar sidles along the aisle, chain checked close by his handler. He pokes his nose at bags and passengers. Outside the trees are moving gently, tinged pink with fresh growth. A Christmas bush is in bloom. Three federal police stand on the verge, talking, laughing, surrounded by feral yellow daisies and the gear to defuse a bomb. The woman in front of me is sobbing and shaking; a stranger hugs her. On barbed wire next to the track, a magpie carols . . .

free falling
fifty miles from nowhere
a mylar heart



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