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Volume 8 Number 3

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We are pleased to present the third issue of our eighth year, published on Monday, 7 August 2006. We hope you enjoy browsing through our extensive collection of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry! (See the Works List to discover the nearly 300 works in our collection, including the ability to search through the issues.)



Early Retirement
by Greg Hall
The snake had been crushed by a passing vehicle. It was upside down, curled into a shape halfway between an S and a figure eight, lying in the little windrow of gravel that always collected right at the shoulder. continue

The Girl Who Knew Nick Drake
by David W. Landrum
The phone call surprised me, since when it comes to Nick Drake I am definitely not top dog. People who study him and know his work might recognize my name but it seems everyone else has beat me to the punch when it comes to editing his music or tracking down artifacts related to his life. I've done little of note since, in a British bookshop, I came across a cache of photographs of him posing with his friends and notables from the sixties and seventies London music scene and published them with explanatory notes. That put my name up with the luminaries who chronicle his life and art, but that was eight years ago and nothing had come up since then to further my reputation as a critic and sleuth. Others published his music, came up with lost recording sessions and hitherto-unknown songs, and wrote biographies. All I could do was record two covers of songs on my latest album. It sold well for a solo instrumental guitar recording and did earn me a few accolades. Critics said I was the "first person since the late Scott Appel to master Drake's difficult, intricate guitar style," and others praised me for "recreating the sound and the spirit of one of the greatest guitar innovators of our time," but when the phone call came I had pretty much concluded that I would never be recognized as an expert on Drake—maybe a musician who could play his music well but not an expert. continue

One Day at a Time
by Brenda Wooley
It is a cold February afternoon in Western Alabama, and we are on our way to visit Kathleen, the younger sister of my husband's stepmother.
Kathleen and her husband, Lloyd, have lived on the same farm, in the same house, all of their married life. Lloyd retired from his job years ago—he is 72—and now mows lawns. Kathleen, who is 63, ran a bakery for years, then closed it and began making cakes in a renovated barn next to their house. continue


Creative Nonfiction

An Opinionated Take on Opinion
by Jim Chaffee
People tell me I am opinionated, but according to my meaning of the word I am far less opinionated than most. A recent trio of letters to the editor of the Austin American Statesman illustrates what I mean by the word. continue



Another Ancient Mariner
by Harvey Goldner
An ancient mariner solitarily so drunk,
though it was yet early in the morning,
came weaving down the sidewalk towards continue

Finding the Father Grave, June 19
by Jeffrey Dieter
Follow route 50 east from any inner harbors.
Pass the corn and cabbage fields, long tables of fruit.
Churches and shoulder-side shacks, all the goings-on within.
Don't think of the long trip back. continue

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