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March 2007, vol 3 no 1

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Mark Hollingsworth


The eight hundred year old carving is cracked from crotch to heart. Time has exposed the metal nails that keep it on its cross, one in each shoulder. The cross hangs from the vaulted ceiling by hardware-store chains.

I dig a posthole
for the hummingbird