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One of the Dummies at Night

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc University of North Texas Press PDF
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More Matter, Less Art

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc University of North Texas Press PDF
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Postcards from the Best Women Friends of Our Men

Amy M. Clark University of North Texas Press PDF
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The Truth About Distance

Caki Wilkinson University of North Texas Press PDF

The Truth About Distance

Now, of course, Newton, when he spoke of the distance, meant the distance at a given time: he thought there could be no ambiguity about time. But we have seen that this was a mistake.

—Bertrand Russell

Her unicycle’s parked down in the basement, a dusty souvenir she stows with antiques, out-of-fashion clothes.

She hasn’t ridden since the hip replacement, except in sleep, but this will have to do.

Her doctor says, Why push your luck?

She shrugs, tallies another duck that won’t stay in its row. (It’s nothing new.)

Her tightrope rides replaced with strong black tea, she reads the Living Section twice

(Miss Manners, Abby, seem so nice when they become your only company), and there’s no looking forward since she’s grieving the three dead aunts she never met, plus kudzu, crosswords, long-term debt, and all the mail she hasn’t been receiving.

She hates to nag the postman, but insists one shouldn’t leave old business pending, convinced this time the world is ending, a claim the neighborhood psychologists present as further proof she’s full of beans,

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Sight Gags

Stefanie Wortman University of Northern Texas PDF
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Wortermelon Time

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

Old wortermelon time is a-comin’ round again,

And they ain’t no man a-livin’ any tickleder’n me,

Fer the way I hanker after wortermelons is a sin—

Which is the why and wharefore, as you can plainly see.

Oh! it’s in the sandy soil wortermelons does the best,

And it’s thare they’ll lay and waller in the sunshine and the dew

Tel they wear all the green streaks clean off of theyr breast;

And you bet I ain’t a-findin’ any fault with them; air you?

They ain’t no better thing in the vegetable line;

And they don’t need much ’tendin’, as ev’ry farmer knows;

And when theyr ripe and ready fer to pluck from the vine,

I want to say to you theyr the best fruit that grows.

It’s some likes the yeller-core, and some likes the red,

And it’s some says “The Little Californy” is the best;

But the sweetest slice of all I ever wedged in my head,

Is the old “Edingburg Mounting-sprout,” of the west.

You don’t want no punkins nigh your wortermelon vines—

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The Orchard Lands of Long Ago

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

The orchard lands of Long Ago!

O drowsy winds, awake, and blow

The snowy blossoms back to me,

And all the buds that used to be!

Blow back along the grassy ways

Of truant feet, and lift the haze

Of happy summer from the trees

That trail their tresses in the seas

Of grain that float and overflow

The orchard lands of Long Ago!

Blow back the melody that slips

In lazy laughter from the lips

That marvel much if any kiss

Is sweeter than the apple’s is.

Blow back the twitter of the birds—

The lisp, the titter, and the words

Of merriment that found the shine

Of summer-time a glorious wine

That drenched the leaves that loved it so,

In orchard lands of Long Ago!

O memory! alight and sing

Where rosy-bellied pippins cling,

And golden russets glint and gleam,

As, in the old Arabian dream,

The fruits of that enchanted tree

The glad Aladdin robbed for me!

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Under a Bridge

Matt Miller University of North Texas Press PDF
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V. Dramatis Personae

Caki Wilkinson University of North Texas Press PDF
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III

Amy M. Clark University of North Texas Press PDF
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The Origin of Pigeons

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc University of North Texas Press PDF
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XV. Reciprocity

Caki Wilkinson University of North Texas Press PDF
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Like Superman

Matt Miller University of North Texas Press PDF

Like Superman

From slick covered stacks of capes and masks a boy begins the walk to school with ganglions blitzing comic book kinetics.

One step bat, next step spider, fists popping claws, carrying shields and totem boomerangs, he walks the rooftop ledge of sidewalks swinging across greenlight crosswalks on webs, on hooks, on wings, on fire, and hunts the menaces of world and city to save the girl in second period math who sits next to him and smells like berries.

Then somewhere the pulp yellows into grey. Those bright colors of his bad guys dull to everyday.

And he figures out evil is historical, subtle, and not to be found in the hysterical smile of clowns drawn in gloss brigades of paint and ink.

No monsters. No madmen on the fringe.

No easy enemy to swoop down upon.

Just debt, taxes, and acid reflux while charcoal men wage cartoon wars.

Still, he thinks it would be nice if he could feel his thumbs press into the throat of a purple villain to win a kiss from that girl in math who smells like berries.

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Dogs

Richard Carr University of North Texas Press PDF
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Plot Twists

Caki Wilkinson University of North Texas Press PDF

Plot Twists

They hammer roses over bolted doors and speak in code of loopholes, hidden strings.

With spells, they overwrite the hex. They trace their genealogy from famous kings to geniuses. They settle ancient scores, bid traitors clipped, and bag the leggy spy.

They spread their wealth with giant cardboard checks, and more than once they chase a guy who’s not their guy.

Reconnaissance takes months. They’re issued masks and parachutes, then paired with doppelgangers.

They’re trained to practice tactics of remote control and, housed in unmarked airplane hangars, they finalize their plan, assigning tasks to teams. They study fate and husbandry and rear the beasts of rotten luck: gift horses

Charley horses, the goat behind Door #3.

They say, We said we’d save your village, true, but when we said we serve the greater good, we lied—we couldn’t help it. They explain hamartia (they feel misunderstood).

The thing is, we would never target you.

We love civilians. See? Our guns are fake.

This proves to be a minor consolation, like extra Novocain, or cookies at a wake.

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