Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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He leaned back and looked briefly at the Christmas lights on Kingshighway, then at the oddly shaped planetarium, which looked like an alien spaceship that had landed on the outskirts of Forest Park. Some piano pieces by Ravel were playingânot the usual thing you heard on the radio....
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The dealer is a giant with a body like a bearâs. Iâm a good-sized man but the dealer is taller and substantially heavier than me. Big as he is, his voice is even bigger and compels you to listen to it. Thereâs something else thatâs special about his voice. When he talks you believe what heâs saying, at least initially, which gives ...
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Thereâs a lot to admire about Grandfather Pool. Even though heâs close to a hundred and moves very slowly, he walks by himselfâ doesnât even use a walker. And even though his skin hangs on him like paper, you can see the outline of an excellent physique underneath. Itâs as if his bones were playing hide-and-seek...
Memo and Oblivion
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Although he was now taking Memo on a regular basis it was sometimes hard to remember the moment when heâd decided to become a member. He did remember how heâd first learned about it. It was through an ad in a literary quarterly, of all places, called The Galaxy Review. âIs Your Memory a Fiction?â the headline of...
âDo You Like This Room?â
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She pulled back some of the hair that had fallen over her eyes, hair that she now realized was the same color brown as his. âBecause thereâre so many things here that are entertaining . . . like your giant TV and your stereo.â...
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It begins in the ocean with wave following wave, breaking over his head and sometimes over yours. Youâre on vacation again with your twelve-year-old son, Andy, on crowded Mission Beach in San Diego and heâs jumping up and down in the water, laughing and squealing. You love the waves too, especially bodysurfing...
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It didnât take much after that. In less than a minute they were walking togetherâmoney hadnât even been discussed. Then he looked at her more closely and noticed that one of her front teeth was chipped, but she was still beautiful, he thought. They walked another block together, talking easily while he kept looking for a cab...
The Justice Society
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It began when the air in his apartment changed. It grew heavier, becoming almost filmy, and had a faint but definite acrid smell. When he started to feel hotter and woke up in the night perspiring, he looked in his bathroom mirror. His hazel eyes looked watery and his hair seemed grayerâhis whole face looked as if...
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The jeans were a disasterâa failure on every level. Not sexy enough, not classy enough, too preppy, like something from a different era. What was she thinking to even consider them for the interview? Her mind had been off lately, she knew that, as if it were taking delight in sabotaging her with one trap after...
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I would have stayed in the other place longer but the false teeth in the bathroom upset me. It was like walking along a beach looking for shells and suddenly seeing a dead lobster. A bad sign, a bad omen, so I knew I had to quit the house and go to the other Iâd been considering on Silver Place. I couldnât even...
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It wasnât until heâd finished coloring his hair that he realized he really was going to the groupâs latest party. Throughout the afternoon, and for days before that, Summers had thought of various excuses he could make to Morton, who at this point hosted more parties per year than he wrote stories, yet he didnât make the...
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He wouldnât do that to himself again. He wouldnât think of his dream last night where Melissa had been first a little girl and then a woman. Where heâd held her hand while theyâd jumped the waves and sheâd laughed a sound high and bell-like that heâd heard as clearly as if heâd seen her. Painful enough to have...
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Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction
Series Editor Byline: John T. Irwin, General Editor