Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-5

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Acknowledgments

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pp. v-9

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the editors of the following journals in which versions of many of these poems appeared over the past two decades: Boulevard, Cold Mountain Review, Cotton Boll, Crab Orchard Review, Crucible, Cumberland Poetry Review, The Hollins Critic, Lonzie’s Fried Chicken, New...

Contents

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pp. ix-c

One Man’s Sanctuary in Opelika, Alabama

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pp. 1-14

Confession in a Booth at the Hollow Log Lounge

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pp. 2-3

A Local Doc, over Rocky Lunchtime Bourbon, Speaks of Barter and Hopeful Home Remedies

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pp. 4-5

Charlene Sperry on Safe Beauty

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pp. 6-7

Flat-footing on Bluegrass Night: Dorsey Hostetter Explains It All to a Stranger

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pp. 8-9

He Gets Nostalgic in the Hollow Log Lounge Just Before Friday Night’s Last Call

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pp. 10-23

Pick It, Squirrel: Steve Gresham Sees the Light

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pp. 11-24

Theology in the Hollow Log

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pp. 12-13

Wade Seego Believes Soylent Green Is People

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pp. 14-27

A Cosmological Discovery in the Hollow Log Lounge

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pp. 15-28

Tull Jackson’s Slow Confession

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pp. 16-17

In Horsehide Shoes, Fleur Hobbs Eats Cheese, Drinks Irish Beer, and Laments the Nature of Her One Arrest

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pp. 18-31

Break Time: Herman Wiggins Just About Says It All to a Fledgling Who Hopes Swing Music Turns the Local Girls to Carnal Dreams

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pp. 19-32

Getting Cleared: The Cosmetologist Recounts Her Recent High-Noon Ordeal

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pp. 20-22

Cadmon Dabney from Whitby Corners on How He Made His Song

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pp. 23-24

Dew Stuart’s Break through on the Jew’s Harp

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pp. 25-26

Oxford Stroud Recollects Fishing with Electricity

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pp. 27-40

The Phyllis

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pp. 28-30

After One Straight Jack Too Many, the Salesman Waxes Wild

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pp. 31-32

Politics and Vodka in the Hollow Log Lounge

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pp. 33-34

Cowgirl

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pp. 35-48

Zydeco Washboard, the Confession of Johnny Smooth

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pp. 36-49

A Putative Country Star Rebukes His Exit Escort

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Twang Chic: Sam Buckhannon Explores the Latest Fashion

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pp. 39-41

...his throat was bathed in tar,and then he’d cut loose and scroll...

Country Music

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pp. 42-44

One-Eye Remembers Silver Queen

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pp. 45-46

James Lee Bucky Declines the Offer

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pp. 47-48

Leaving the Kmart 4-for-$1 Photo Portrait Booth, Junior Martin Flirts with Madness beyond the BlueLight Special and Rumors of Joy

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pp. 49-62

Miller

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pp. 50-52

He Has Seen More Than He Bargained For

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pp. 53-54

Working Up a Thirst in the Hollow Log Lounge

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pp. 55-56

March, and Mae Fields Tells the Most Recent Miracle She Sort of Saw

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pp. 57-59

Goatsucker: Dillard Ramsey Admits to His Suspicions

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pp. 60-73

Jane Lagrone Rejects a Tract En Route to Happy Hour

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pp. 61-62

Sheriff Matt Whitlock Confesses to a Lesson in Zen after Hours

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pp. 63-65

The End: Sam Buckhannon’s Lament as Told to Pattie Holcey

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pp. 66-87