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July 2018, vol 14 no 2

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John Zheng

Territorial Claim

A black bulldog trots to a trashcan in the back alley and lifts its right hind leg to pee. An almost invisible steam drifts a second in the slanting sunlight. A German shepherd and a Golden Retriever bark loudly behind my neighbor’s wire fence. The bulldog, unconcerned, trots on.

ghost town churchyard –
headstones looming
in high weeds

crows circling