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October 2016, vol 12 no 3

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J. Zimmerman

The Shadow of Things

Early Sunday I’m sitting in the Mammography Clinic in a doublewide chair meant for a very large person or for two skinny teens. On the radio, a man announced another videoed beheading as I arrived. Elizabethans used to flock to public executions like they flocked to the Elevation of the Host.

the X-rays I’ve had
since my father
got T.B.
his lung shadow
following me