Even when still, these hand-carved animals are full of life. This carousel, which dates from 1906, is still in use. It’s been called “a piece of moving art,” which is apt.

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Pat Tompkins is an editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poems and short fiction have been published in Thema, Nanoism, Mslexia, and other publications; her photos have appeared most recently in Sunlight Press and The Stonecoast Review.

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