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

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018

Elizabeth Alford
Hayward, California, USA

The Games We Play

It was my turn to play. Though you relinquished the controller, a storm brewed on your face: an expression dark and bitter as my morning coffee, held in place by a stern hand under your chin.

For many long minutes we sat there (not speaking, not touching, eyes averted) our silence punctuated only by the intermittent pounding of a sledgehammer from next door. Suddenly tired of this game, I leave the controller untouched and play with my ring instead.

laundry night
loading and unloading
on myself



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