A Quiet Root

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“Speech Lessons” by Joy Baglio

Now, you walk around the circle and inspect your nine-year old coin collectors. You hand out thumb-sized scrolls of paper, secret messages, to each. You are the commander of this invading army, this fidgeting assemblage.

“Your target,” you say, staring down at the frying pan. You say something about the marriage of motion and words, the importance of body awareness when speaking. You say, “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sick sheep,” and flick a penny in a perfect underhanded arc into the frying pan. “Words and motion together,” you say.

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