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octoberiver

the sun makes jewels of the river and the trees light long, slow fires and wetland pelicans like cottonfields gather and cottonmouths slitherpath to sleep and the turquoise sky like deep dreams and limestone bluffs all shadowpaint seep sweet water … Continue reading

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King Gene

I, in my great unmatched wisdom, declare that the Village of Godfrey has hereby become the Kingdom of Gene. I am King Gene, not to be confused with Mr. Green Jeans or Gwen Stiffy Annie, or Greta What’shername. Make Adoration … Continue reading

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Consider

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.” Consider the birds of the forest, the sky; they sing—not on Spotify. Consider a world without birds; Explain to your grandson: only feed birds … Continue reading

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Prospects

A destitute family with no prospects moves, hoping for a better life. The son, just back from prison for manslaughter, rejoins them. They meet up with other destitute families all in the same boat—poverty, starvation, bad luck. When police kill … Continue reading

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Happy

7-year-old St. Louisan Xavier Usanga was shot to death on August 12 while playing in his backyard. He was the tenth African American child to die from a gunshot since April. It is fairly easy to pick up a newspaper … Continue reading

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Corny

I was sitting in a sub sandwich shop (not Subway), and the ubiquitous flat TV screen was there. I bit into my sandwich and looked up at the screen: ESPN. Was the show football? Baseball? Soccer (I love soccer)? WNBA? … Continue reading

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Still, Life

Early morning, the sun half asleep, the breeze strong and cool. I walk ten miles, wind-aided, past Admire’s bench and across Piasa Creek. Carol Admire was killed when, a couple of years ago, a drunk driver hit her bicycle along … Continue reading

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Watchers

  It sits silently on a two-foot-high tree stump, its long-muzzled head pivoting left and right. I hike over the hilltop and there it is, staring at me, and since he is a young herder dog, I am leery of … Continue reading

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Village News

Godfray Village News Dear Mr. Baldwin, As you know, the Village of Godfray has passed the Godfray United Neighbors Nervous Unless Toting (GUNNUT) ordinance. Every Godfray citizen of voting age is hereby ordered to keep firearms in the home. As … Continue reading

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Aztecs

In the summer of 1990, I interviewed Dr. John Gofman at a conference at Northwestern University. Gofman, PhD and MD, was speaking about the medical effects of radiation. He had manufactured the first teaspoonful of plutonium for the Manhattan Project, … Continue reading

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