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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 2, June 2013


Steven Carter
Tucson, Arizona, USA

Midnight Passacaglia

Westward (or eastward, what does it matter?): the misbegotten shriek of a train—unheard within the glass confines of the diner.

Nanoseconds away by light-speed, a pretty adolescent girl—almost as pretty as the girl one hopes to meet in the diner—wakes up to roosters crowing. It’s time to begin egg candling, the first of her farm chores.

Before that, however, still in the friendly confines of her bed she scribbles in a “Him Book”: I know I’ll find him. Not here, no, not here; but in the city—I know that’s where he is. And that’s where I will go.”

summer stars
somewhere a siren—
windows gaze at windows


The Ekphrastic haibun draws on Edward Hopper’s "Nighthawks at the Diner."

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