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At the baccarat table

players

      bend

            cards

         into paper swans

                       cranes, airplanes, exquisite origami sculptures

one delicate, deliberate fold at a time before tossing

them back with disgust at the dealer, as if they

were spoiled meat or unwanted girl children.

 

James Joseph Brown is a former ESL teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, National Park Ranger and go-go dancer. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he currently performs stand-up comedy and works as a casino dealer on the Las Vegas Strip.

 

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