Jerkwater Freight: A Collection of Poems, Essays, and Short Stories

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Xlibris Corporation, Nov 14, 2000 - Fiction - 147 pages
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Jerkwater Freight is the realization of nearly a decade of writing.  This debut collection of poems, essays, and short stories formally draws together the bulk of my creative writing efforts.  While a majority of the work comes from the years 1995-1999, I have included some poems and essays that go back as far as 1990.  Other significant sources of material are the two creative writing courses I took at Illinois State University with Jim Elledge, to whom this book is dedicated.  Without his encouragement at a time when my confidence in writing was ebbing, very little of the material in Jerkwater Freight would have been written.  Jerkwater Freight is in such a format that it is not designed to be read from cover to cover because it has not been written in that manner.  It is a journey through the mind where the destination is not one to be reached quickly.  Along the way there are pauses to reflect on the route taken and to pick up boxcars left on sidings up and down the line.

 

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Contents

FOREWORD
11
JERKWATER FREIGHT
13
MAPMAKER
14
PURPLE
15
EASE THE PAIN
16
BADGE
29
NOT UNNOTICED
31
JANUARY SECOND
32
SILENCE
76
AND CHRIST WAS LEFT SPEECHLESS
77
WEST WALWORTH
78
DINNERTIME
79
WE TRADED POEMS
80
BEFORE THE RAIN
84
SATURDAY NIGHT
85
SUNDAY MORNING
86

LACK OF EVIDENCE
33
DISTRESS CALL
34
I SHOULDVE PLAYED NINE
35
SIX YEARS OLD
37
THE PARTNERSHIP
38
THORNS
49
KILLING TIME
50
PLAYING WITH FIRE
51
IN THE COLD
52
THE BAND
53
CHRISTMAS
54
ONE AFTERNOON
55
ABOVE AND BEYOND
56
PRELUDE
57
SUBSEQUENT SUMMERS
58
THE ECHO OF THE DOGS
59
MR MACINTYRE
61
DECEMBER
62
THUNDER
63
ROSE
65
THIS SIDE OF THE FAÇADE
66
AFTER THIS
67
A NOVEL IDEA
68
IF SHE ONLY KNEW
69
UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS
71
KISSING
72
INTEREST OF CLARITY
73
OLD FIRES
75
SUNDAY AFTERNOON
87
HIGHLAND ROAD
89
YESTERDAYS NEWS
90
IN THE LANE
91
BACK STREET
94
PROCYON RISING
96
FRIDAY NIGHT RELIGION
97
LAST SUMMER DAY
98
SHOP RITE
100
RHYMES WITH
103
DREAMS
104
TRUTH AND WISHES
105
CASTLES DRAGONS AND FAIRY TALES
106
TWO DAYS IN MAY
108
BRIANNA
130
PRIVATDOCENT
132
ELMWOOD
133
SUICIDE NOTES
134
JENNY AND ERICA
135
DARK CIRCLES
139
ONE GIRLS WORLD
140
DRIFTLESS
141
LINGERING MEMORY
142
GIVE UP THE GHOST
144
THE MEANING OF LIFE
145
CABOOSE
147
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