July/Aug 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 4 Poetry |

About a Quarter Pound of Bologna

Our butcher was not fond of measure — good at it, but not fond of it — brandishing what technique he had taken from his father with deft slices through pink balloons of meat. No one argued the number he jotted on the wrapping paper. To insist he buy a scale would seem an act of violence against his ancestors. It was a small town. There were no tall men in town. There were tall women and they were aware of the shortage.

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Rodney Jones teaches in the Warren Wilson Low Residency MFA Program and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the Harper Lee Award. His new book, Village Prodigies, which combines techniques of fiction and poetry, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the spring of 2017.

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