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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 11, Number 4, December 2017

Kathryn J. Stevens
Cary, North Carolina, USA

Running on Empty

The white line’s messin’ with my eyes. Not even a Stop-N-Go in this ass-end a nowhere. Sick a burnt coffee an country music. Boy what I’d give for a cold one. Eighteen hours drivin’ an humpin’ packages — helluva way to make a buck. Be glad to get on home have some a that chicken Eva May was gonna fry up for me. Damn — what was that woman wantin’ from the store — don’t matter, ain’t stoppin’. Comin’ up on that four lane, freakin’ place to hang a left this time a night. Christ I’m beat can’t hardly feel my toes. Ain’t no help for it gotta close … my eyes’… for a …

… what the … some damn fool screamin’ somewhere … I’m thinkin’ that delivery a mine is gonna be all kinds a late.

backcountry road –
bare branches rattle
in the dark



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