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[19] T he F ish Wide as my body, half as tall, the fish lolled under a rowboat tied to the pier, its movements, had the water been air, like a fat Chinese kite’s, hovering. In a movie, sinister music might have played finding such a fish— groan of cellos and basses. But then there was only the hot summer silence of the afternoon gripped at random by a dog’s distant barking. The fish’s belly was yellowed by the sunlit water. I couldn’t see its head. Distracted by a divebombing dragonfly, I turned just for a second, then looked back. The fish was gone, the brown-gold water empty as the shrine of a god no longer prayed to. [20] I decided not to tell. Who’d believe me anyway— a fish that huge in muddy Lake Como! My secret then, to pull up through the years, symbol of all I saw and didn’t want to see. ...

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ISBN
9780874217971
Related ISBN
9780874217964
MARC Record
OCLC
650341890
Pages
93
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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