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on the road and until 

the sun goes white we will be. 

Tell her this Mississippi 

welcome center has a pink parlor 

and two old attendants 

orbiting each other. 

Tell her lunch was cheap 

but good. I will be full tomorrow. 


When you call be sure to say 

we’ve come full circle 

and our only destination 

was noon 

where we could drive 

to evening and our beds. 

Don’t say we needed escape.


J e s s i c a   F o r d h a m   K i d d

Tell Mother we’re still 




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Issue 78

Variations on Absence

edited by Laura M. Kaminski






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