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JOHN HORVATH Jr : LOST SOUL LOSES LIFE AT THE SHRINE OF THE FLORIDA CATHOLIC MARTYRS
DAVID BARNES : Central Station
JAN OSKAR HANSEN : Motherís Vacation

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JOHN HORVATH Jr
LOST SOUL LOSES LIFE AT THE SHRINE OF THE FLORIDA CATHOLIC MARTYRS

Our Lady of the Bud can poptops And buckshot roadsigns on Highway 90 On the way from Jacksonville waits For her grotto of broken coke glass And a goldleaf birdbath for bluejays. Under the sign a mendicant camps, Drinking his Jax Beer, awaiting a ride West to the Mobile Mardi Gras. No one is stopping.

published in Gayoso Street Review
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DAVID BARNES
Central Station 

They say most of the brain closes down under stress ... Hearing Beethoven's ninth, taking backstreets in your mind: and it's arduous facing reality, hunters nearby, impassive, at Perth Central station, listening, for the clatter on tracks, at midnight ... unnerved ... aware ... clockwork orange ticks close at hand, hovering to strike ... the brain kicks into survival mode, tense on the dais, Waiting... hoping the Samaritan on the road to Jerusalem is around ... after midnight ...

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JAN OSKAR HANSEN
Motherís Vacation

1946 the warmest May ever in Norway, mother went camping with her lover on an island. I was 8 and could boil potatoes and look after myself, but evenings that had no darkness was long, and this was before TV. A big war had just ended; mother was free to be young. I was reading a travel book ďArgentinaĒ when mother came back a bit earlier than planned, she looked radiant and sun tanned. She spoke excitedly about fishing for crabs at midnight boiling and eating them warm. I think she came home feeling guilty for leaving. When she had spoken I continued to read the book about the pampas of Argentine. She could not bring herself to say she had missed me, and I was unable to tell her how much I missed her... Next morning she went back to the island and I boiled potatoes and ate them with tinned sardines and continued to read books about great adventures.

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