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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