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

Volume 12, Number 4, December 2018

Rich Youmans
North Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA

Atlantic City Ephemera

That 1905 menu from the Chalfonte Hotel,
its scalloped border now brown and crisp.
She liked to pick out favorites: Sea Turtle Soup,
Domestic Goose, Charlotte Russe and Figs.

An Art Deco poster of the High-Diving Horse,
captured in mid-air. A long-limbed rider, sleek as an eel,
tucks her head into its mane, her strawberry hair
(“Like mine,” she’d say) rising like an eternal flame.

Now the hand-painted postcard of the Sunday Boardwalk:
men in black bowlers, women in frocks, waists
pinched tight by tulle. The ocean a robin’s egg blue.
On the back, a message that could have been mine:
My dear, where are you?

In the last sleeve, a note she once slipped in,
its paper the rose of dusk’s horizon, and suddenly
I can’t breathe

love letter …
in its flowing script
her perfume



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