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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019

John Zheng
Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA

Visual Shock

Oxford Street, London, 1964. In a shop-window a mannequin in a breast-bare dress attracts two women pedestrians. They can’t believe their eyes. Both place their right hands on their bosoms as if to cover their shock. Another woman who walks by casts a sidelong glance at them.

Getty Museum
a pause before Rudi Gernreich’s
sumo caftan

Life magazine reported that a London architect’s wife bought an evening dress, topless, and wore it to a party. All night long a debate of its merits and demerits continued among partygoers.

chilly night
a man holding a cross
yells on Bourbon Street


This is an ekphrasis haibun based on two images and an article in Life magazine:

1 Terrence Spencer’s “Topless

2 Rudi Gernreich’s "sumo caftan"



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