The Wisdom of Sword & Shadow

  Introduction: Apollo Boudreaux opened the rice paper parasol, his slender fingers running the length of the bamboo handle.  The quick flourish was not unlike a magician’s gesture, his trick bringing the pretty thing to life—a tumble of cherry blossoms … Continued

Rice, Mabel, Kabal, & Miss Dixie

  Introduction: Reading this excerpt reminds me of walking the cobblestones of New Orleans when the moon is a coy crescent guide. There is a feeling there I have not found in any other American city. Some vapor rises through … Continued

Curses Concerning the Cowboy

Abandoned tracks snake through the woods up by Ellijay. A long spot where there ain’t hardly wind, and the air is heavy with dirty, sweet smells that thwack the back of your mouth and sting going down. Chunks of lignite … Continued

The Salvation of Cowboy Blue Crawford

Your epic is like walking through a forest. There are times when, looking up, you hope you can see sunlight, but are witness to darkness. Each burst of light is fully absorbed when it breaks through the treetops. Lines like … Continued

How Will I Begin

Like the third monkey fighting to get on Noah’s ark! The overthinking ape of excuses I keep hearing – I will not miss the boat because all of you are stuck with me. I am not a monkey, nor the … Continued