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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019

Lew Watts,
Chicago, Illinois, USA

You Can’t Take the Baptist Out of The Girl

We arrived in Wales last night on the train from college, and picked her up this morning after signing the day-release papers. Since then, my mother has sat opposite us in her usual catatonic state in a front-room mausoleum reserved for the minister and the doctor. It is hard to believe she is only fifty.

I notice a faint twitch at the side of her mouth, and I know it’s time.

“So, we’re going to get married, see. No, it’s not like that, Mam—you don’t need to worry. There’s no rush. Going to be next April, mind you. You’ll be fine by then. Where to, I bet you’re asking. It’s got to be where the bride’s from, innit. Lovely church it is, oak pews and all. Anyhow, you’ll like St Joseph’s—

My mother turns her head slowly and points to the young woman at my side. “She’s not a bloody Catho is she?”

sunday best
the sheen on my hair
from Mam’s spit



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