The Old Priest
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
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The Old Priest
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The old priest is a Jesuit, brainy and fey. he smokes pall Malls fixed bayonet-style in an onyx and silver cigarette holder and crosses his legs at the lic television special on old priests. a small, guttural chuckle serves to launch one of his very interesting anecdotes: it’s a dash. you bring your latest girl to see the old priest, you always “Mildred, what are you doing with this rascal?” asks the old ...
Snow behind the Door
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I Miss that little street,” i say to My Grand-mother over coffee. “i miss that street and all those people. i can still remember their names and what they looked father died she came here, to the Jersey coastal town of limit. boston to find her in a different place, a different life. “i had to there. i need the work and i need the girls, too. i made friends “it’s like i have a cast on my shoulder and a tie rod fastened ...
The City of Gold
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Couples do diFFerent thinGs When they’re about to break up. Charlie and i fly to new Mexico. We spend the afternoon in the lounge of the menco guitarist. they don’t proof me. i look older, i’ve always “i can come out here and get a leg up,” Charlie says, licking salt from the rim of his glass. “if i’m going to work in the ca-sino business then i should make as much money as i can.” he’s ...
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He Calls Me bobby liKe he really KnoWs me, but i’ve never laid eyes on this guy before twenty minutes ago. but anybody can walk up to the blackjack duction is necessary. that’s the business i’m in; people want to recognize and be recognized. it’s a business about making peo-ple think they’re big shots while you fleece them, a con game more than anything else. and i don’t mind it, the familiarity ...
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I’d been Gone three days, shaCKed in West atlantic City with a bad-tempered cocktail waitress named irene smith, but irene smith was not entirely the point of it, as irene herself eventually learned. i called and said i was “i’ll fall on bended knee when you arrive,” she said to me of her sitting room. it’s a spare room we fixed with a tV and a beat-up love seat, plus a pair of old highboys i had pulled the ...
Have You Seen This Girl?
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DarCy CoMes on a bus, aCross aMeriCa she travels, smiling face and daisy-colored hair and chin cleft like a broken heart.“We don’t have much space in this place,” i hear myself say-ing. “darcy will have to sleep on the couch.” i didn’t want her to come at all but howard said, “it’s my sister, Christine. What do place like absecon, new Jersey. she’s always calling howard up ...
The Unexamined Life
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JaCK had the Furniture pulled into the center of his bedroom and covered with a canvas tarp. he put the roller dripping with black paint into the tray when he realized that Miles and Claire were standing just outside the “i’ve decided to redecorate,” Jack said, leaning his elbow “We can’t leave you for five minutes,” Claire said. “that’s “it’s my room, right?” Jack asked. “i mean, am i right or am i ...
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In the early suMMer oF 1966 My Grand-mother captured a baby dinosaur, or maybe it was a fully grown dinosaur, just a small one. she trapped it under a clothes basket. it was early in the afternoon, just after lunch, was a hot July day. My sister ailie and i were off swimming at a nearby lake. My father and grandfather were both at their jobs, backyard, taking laundry down off the line and folding it into a ...
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...tion: “the old priest,” 2013 Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of cart, 2013); “the old priest,” Republic of Letters 22 (spring 2011), http://mag.trolbooks.com/2011/04/the-old-priest/; “the .edu/writing/236 (236 is the e-magazine of boston university’s Graduate Creative Writing program); “snow behind the door,” ...
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Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Drue Heinz Literature Prize
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester