Fat Girl, Terrestrial
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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One: Goliath Girl
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...knife still concealed in the other, canister of defensive aero-of a life of crime. You’d think. What kind of felonious future world, madman with knife on the lurk, self-defense bull’s-eye hadn’t I? Didn’t I deserve to quake, like any sensible jackrab-(It’s all a swindle, this life, a misunderstanding, this body a hoax, I ...
Two: Moon River
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...love and air travel and the history of this body, this body of glow onto our legs. The boat is tilted up on Obie’s end until into the earth while he rocked in the sky, nearer thy God to thee. “Thou shalt not kneel at the bed of thy sister,” I’d sleepily nous circles in the lunar sea. He says, “Our sister, who art on ...
Three: Daring Truth to Bare Her Bosom
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...the tent in the backyard. At first, he wouldn’t allow his sister, bring snacks. But he soon grew bored of lying alone in the tent, escapades with him in his midget pup tent, “But,” she said, or Dare. “I ain’t doing nothing dopey, though,” Hazard said. “You can’t make me eat a turd.” Vivica stood up, bowing the ...
Four: Walrus Disgrace
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...disappointed that I’ve instead lived up all too readily to the reconsider, insisting that “continuity and repetition are key to not a hair over 5’ 7”, had decided it was best if he personally his eyes could at least glimpse my clavicle if he stretched and “A lovely moniker,” he said sincerely. The first time I’d ...
Five: Rudy in the Park
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...(all right, in mind if not body) as the runtiest in the world’s beanie, necessary for eventually joining those generally elfin, myself down or slouch vulnerably in his vicinity, try to appear didn’t look like they’d put up much of a fight against steak or assistance. Even though I’d carefully positioned myself along ...
Six: Child of the American Revolution
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...daughter didn’t help her case at all, or so she believed, and like the wings of a butterfly,” my father has said to her con-in her arms, staring at the darkened television, trickled blood of her shirt: the priest had carved a cross on the soles of my ther’s vigilant reassurances, I can’t help but believe instead ...
Seven: The Ungainly Appetite of Wallis G. Armstrong
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...insisted I study them: “A girl can learn a lot from women who of a polishing, but no matter what I did, I continued to grow, like a curse, like a cautionary fairy tale, The Infinite Body of later, out of view of “the comestible commissar,” as my fa-earth, and as I look at it, I notice movement. I kneel and look ...
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...he confess his sins, beg for forgiveness, then I’d fling him into duce the site and aftermath of alleged villainy. I scrupulously will eventually sing, will divulge the exact nature of the mis-delicti—delectable dead I once thought that meant, crime body, about a piper or a witch or a wolf or a girl with silken tresses ...
Nine: The Hazard of Love
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...my skeptic’s eyes switched on and I couldn’t help but subtly canvass her digs, couldn’t prevent myself from picturing her carpets are good at concealing the stain of the body’s spilt couldn’t help sniffing on the sneak when she turned her head, “I’m wondering why it is you’re fishing for sterling quali-...
Ten: Reigning Planet
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...her, get lost in the viny overgrowth, the secret interior he sus-he’d wash ashore the island of her electronic liver or scale the craggy incline of her stainless steel vertebrae. His heart booming exhalation she’d fell trees and throw boulders in his path, close off all exits, and set fire to the forest until host and ...
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...trousers and lifted his coattails limply in the air; the tigers he’d had the wrong idea. He’d imagined horses flying freely jerkily careened off the road and into the grassy ditch. I was I’d been alive and long before. I tried to recollect what the “This is a dangerous area, Wallis,” my father said. “Don’t ...
Twelve: Diviner of the Electrons
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...where she pleases, and her van has been booted). She’s taking in the aisle, stooped straphangers. There are seats in the rear, but Vivica refuses to sit in the back or on the margins of any-thing, buses, theatres, lecture halls, churches. The bus driver in front of him as he can, clearly fearful I might swoop in for ...
Thirteen: Darren Crenshaw Disappears
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...year, the only black kid in class. He sat so still and quiet at ways dropped, sapped of its sting, at Hampton’s feet. Darren bullet whose homicidal trajectory I’d nipped, saving the day. tiny oglers at me and said, “Hand it over, Walrus.” Since sec-blackboard, indictment, innocent, judgment, incarcerate, but Hamp-...
Fourteen: Darren Crenshaw Has a Sister
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...irretrievable distance and to reassure herself that such things face and could tell she was tapping it with her toe, trying dis-deposit it in the trash. Food smuggling usually carried with it a stiff sentence, a week’s worth of chilly silence and a dinner tighten my muscles so fiercely I was sure I’d be smaller in the ...
Fifteen: Vivica, Off Her Axis
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...the age of three she had outgrown his lap, and later she could soldier, and said, “You’re a big girl now. Big girls can stand little more than a glorified pygmy, a mere 4’ 9” for the love of victim of childhood polio, but he’s ambidextrous, begins long of her unconscious, which eventually reveals itself to be hill ...
Sixteen: Fishy Felo-de-se in Goodland, Kansas
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...chair or table kicked to the side, just a large puddle of what lored dress, navy blue dotted swiss. It’s the middle of June, let curtains; the wind shimmers across a field of prairie grass look on his face that suggested he was not likely to be passing go blind at the sight of it, a betrayal, an act so unthinkable ...
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...ketball in PE, felt the blood spurt as I sprang for a jump shot, stares of my peers. I took it on the heel and toe to the locker a papier-mâché sanitary napkin the size of a sack of flour in in the middle, Mrs. Snowbarger’s art class finally put to prac-“God…zilla,” I said through gritted teeth, “bled all over ...
Eighteen: The Curious Case of the Capacious Death Investigator
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...drill and bits, three-tiered tool chest open and spilling forth stuck to the bottom; bicycle tires; gasoline can; rope; toboggan rake with bent tines, shovel, hoe, trowel, cultivator, green and white garden hose; opened bag of briquettes, bag of rock salt, burlap sack full of bottle caps, corks, and pull tabs; yellowing ...
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...ed cattle. The world is an abattoir, and we all await the final limp leaf of iceberg lettuce, carrot sticks, baked chicken—no dieter, tabulating in a loose-leaf binder my caloric intake and ing on intimacy.” He twisted his napkin in his lap, stared at beauty,” he said in a timbre that was half whisper, half song. ...
Twenty: Three Trinitarians
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...ness by way of the whisk-whisk of an electrostatic duster, their (oh, to be truly fallen, flat on my full-moon face, that close to to eyeball every floating mote, ach, du lieber Gott!). I see the ing the tops of refrigerators, onto crown moldings, the lazily whirring blades of ceiling fans, see the carcasses of insects ...
Twenty-One: Gaythal Dethloff, Mother of Murder
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...particle of that heart that no longer beats with desire, the cell in my ear if she got the faintest whiff of such a plaint). But she called me and asked if I’d take her to visit a housebound friend, someone she thinks I’ll be interested to meet. She is of me tinier yet, until all that remained was the glare of the ...
Twenty-Two: Rabbit Catcher of Kingdom Come
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...eyed air flatly refusing to chill again until late December, the electricity, and then they’d charge a neighbor’s Chihuahua, and pickup trucks, afraid a collision with one of these sturdy a pickle, had a big-eared crisis on its hands, fast-multiplying pestilence, cotton-tailed epizootic, and, well, it feared for its ...
Twenty-Three: Husband of Mary Alice
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...wifehood, the godly girl’s trousseau: crocheted doilies and a cast-iron trivet in the shape of a sheriff ’s star from a trip to Little Mrs.”; a blue bottle of Evening in Paris perfume with trothed lamb”; pillow cases embroidered with violets (“Jesus’s aftershave, tweezers, nail file, and fingernail clippers, because ...
Twenty-Four: The Inoculation of Mateen Mundrawala
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...clapped her hands twice when she reached the other side. “All right, class,” she sang, “partner up. Tonight we’re going to learn the thrilling steps of…the tango!” She threw her hands doppelgänger. “I hear it takes two,” he said and held up his ders. I resisted the urge to pull him up into the air and dangle ...
Twenty-Five: Egg of Eden, Sperm of Fate
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...inside Eve’s eggs, so that all the descendents were right there oil with homunculi! So let’s say we’re ovists—let us venture fingers on its dainty knees, just waiting to be watered so that would be a uterine irritant! But if that doesn’t persuade you, us cell for cell identically at the age of twenty-five and then ...
Twenty-Six: Lady Maximus and the Bantam Universe
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...every atom of an object into its smaller, more essential self so pravity it has silently observed, inside the mortise and tenon, only truly reliable witnesses), is that it takes time. Yet there’s meant to be and spill forth its fertile goo, and it is at this mo-but this is not entirely accurate because were there no life to ...
Twenty-Seven: The Soft-Footed Phantom Speaks
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...closings, eyes all but implied: thy hair is a flock of goats, it ap-are as the scarlet lips of the horizon, thy speech silently hand-fruit, the heir of the god that bit you. Thy throat is an armory, eye, with the electricity of a throat. Fair love, my sister, my husband! I spell the pomade, give respite to the spices of thee. ...
Twenty-Eight: Hazard, a Guess
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...half the warrior princess she thinks she is. Sure, she’s big and an early age that’s what I, Hazard Planet, revolting brother, spaces she could find, like I was just spackling for a crack in least I didn’t until mine turned out to be a rat-fink royale. I punched at once (oh, I’m a sucker, I don’t deny it)—only the ...
Twenty-Nine: Planet Suicide
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...vat, a name containing evil and pelvic and vice and plaint, vain and pain and lava and cave, an l short of villain, a t shy of taint, a name big enough to gird a planet, viva la pain, Vivica the scene of me sparging his snarling puss with a lethal spritz of pepper spray, his growl still humid in my ear. “There’s ...
Thirty: Deliver My Darling From the Power of the Dog
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...and ailing, he’d once caught his sleeve on; he slept beneath it preparation, less flesh to flail, he reasoned, less blood, easier the cross lest in death they further the shame of their lives, ing failed one year to warn of the Gauls’ attack, an example felt he was victim to an excessive intimacy, the hysteria that is ...
Thirty-One: Kansas She Says Is the Name of the Star
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...way in a truck, one in search of prophecy, the other along for the ride, an unseasonal snow falling silently upon the prairie, reaper, she tells me, they pretend not to be the one he’s look-ing for, give him a quick spin like a roulette wheel, point him south, there she is over yonder, they say and high-tail it north....
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...p. 27 “Dance Steps Footsteps Ballroom Instruction,” by Michael p. 235 “Fig. 1: The Hare,” engraving from English dictionary circa 1754, from the Graphics Fairy: graphicsfairy.blogspot.com.bitten by a dog, hastens to tell his tale before hunting season,” nineteenth-century engraving by Jean-Ignace-Isidore Grandville, ...
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Page Count: 390
Illustrations: 6 illustrations
Publication Year: 2012
Edition: 1st ed.