Monthly Archives: March 2010

Blood Brothers by John McManus

I first met Ray up in the mountains at the I-40 rest stop, where I used to go to meet guys sometimes. I found him leaning against a wall, albino-pale, with these watery fish eyes. We messed around in a … Continue reading

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QUADBERRY’S CREAMSICLE: A Ghazal For Barry Hannah

A spectral kid named Swanly, delivered shivery Delta banjo licks with mad love. Eyes rolled back, to the whites of Barry Hannah. In the irreducible jet stream, fighter pilots whistle “Born on the Bayou.” Cryogenic curly cues spell sonic boom: … Continue reading

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Summer Redneck Games

I want to go, just to touch the General Lee (like you needed me to link that). Where I grew up, there was no cable. You got, depending on where your house was, two and sometimes three TV channels. The Dukes … Continue reading

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Mountain Dew Mouth, Not Just Meth-Mouth

I’d just like to note here that my addiction to Mountain Dew ended at about age 24, or when I left grad school.  Further, I’d like to point out that I lost 20 pounds in a month simply switching to … Continue reading

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Clay Matthews’ Poem in Girls with Insurance

This is a poem, by Clay Matthews,  posted at Girls with Insurance today. It fits right in here, but please follow the link and read the other good stuff they have to offer, then visit Ghost Road Press or Blazevox … Continue reading

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Ron Rash’s New Collection: Burning Bright

You don’t have to pay much attention to this blog to know I’m a huge Ron Rash fan.  His new collection Burning Bright arrived in the mail yesterday. I’m saving it until tonight when I can devote full attention to … Continue reading

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Class Issues, or Everything’s OK if You’ve Got the Money

Check out what Paul Toth has to say on the issue: “in every case in which multiculturalism is addressed by textbook and/or professor, nowhere to be found is any mention of economic class diversity. As I see it, poor whites, blacks … Continue reading

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Marcellus Shale Issues in February Alone

According to Steve Reilly at the Sayre Morning Times, the hits are already here and will keep coming. I’ll link the whole article, but let me just cut to the good stuff (emphases mine): Several incidents and fines related to … Continue reading

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Post-War Heat by Murray Dunlap

Slick with sweat, Sweets stops at the cargo train tracks to catch his breath and fan himself with the Mobile Press Register.  He shuffles under the welded arch of the main entrance to the Alabama Dry Docks and a uniformed … Continue reading

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Tenth Frame Spare, fiction by Timothy Gager

Benji watched Kevin scratch his crotch with his left hand while he poked his meaty fingers into a 16-pound bowling ball with his right. The semester had just begun and the place was packed. “So how do I look?” he … Continue reading

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