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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019

Renée Owen
Sebastopol, Northern California, USA

Before the Firestorm

Ordinary life on the west coast. The cup and saucer, the waiting pot of tea. Herbs steeping, steam rising through cracks in the spout. That earned space between this moment and the next. To slowly pour, to drink deep, to savor the taste of forest. To imagine a walk through dense redwoods, the echoes of bird call like your voice or whispers in the rustle of leaves. Shadows gather in the coming dusk. Even the scrawl of ink on this page, and the clink and clatter of dishes. The crackle of the last hearth log.

a smoky haze
floating above the ridgeline
fingernail moon



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