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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 2, June 2016


Gail Goepfert
Palantine, Illinois, USA

Judgment Call

My grandmother always cooked a giant bird at Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes, mashed, dressing, cooked cranberries and more, but after the white china with turquoise and brown swirls was washed and stored away once again, grandma, wrapped in her apron, stood for hours into the night over the turkey roasting pan, pulling meat from the skeleton of the carcass, sorting dark from white. Eventually, the wishbone, picked clean, emerged from the kitchen in her hands. My grandfather and I usually got the pull. I studied the y-shaped fused clavicles to decide which side would hold.

the science of bones
under a silver moon
wishes made



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