Night And Day (Ночь И День)

Life has become better, comrades. Life has become more cheerful.  Joseph Stalin In the old days under Stalin they’d arrest you in the midnight hours of indifference, throw you into a concrete room lit by a bare bulb where questions … Continued

mercy

I.   we are born on death row in monroeville hope valley, the south side of chi   the contents of our character: civil wars that makes us sick. head, heart, memory   cancerous cages of our own & others … Continued

Cowboy Blue Meets the Oracle in Craighead Caverns

  Introduction: In my mind, there’s only one comparison to Cowboy Blue Crawford: Roland of Gilead from The Dark Tower series. They both share a wayward quest shot full with grey morals and mythical characters. The difference: Blue’s journey is … Continued

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