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a shortcut you used to take, located somewhere between a fatigued façade and a bench bare; a cozy little square where local drunks would congregate to damn the vicissitudes of their tipsy fate; a hole in the fence through which you peeked under the lining of the world till then impenetrable and still; a hunchbacked tree from under the cover of whose leaves it took you all your childhood to flee; a tank’s caterpillar tread on your doorstep; in life, the only one that would never yield a butterfly
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F.R. Foksal is the founder and editor of The Nonconformist, an English language literary magazine published in Poland.