Jul/Aug 2004

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Joan Shaddox Isom

(These are excerpts—click on the title to view the whole piece!)

Remade Tobacco

If you have a mean boss on your back, you can ask my uncle for help—like Mickey Thompson did. Jack went out to the river right at sunup and remade some tobacco. I didn't see him, but he does this by facing east and singing the remaking song over a handful of Bull Durham.

Back When the Universe Began

It had taken Odus only a couple of weeks to figure out that Quinton Constable watched him as he made his rounds, all his rounds, not just the 8:30 one. At midnight, he would catch a glimpse of the old man on the second floor veranda, silhouetted against the lights in Central Mall.