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By Robert Inman

Will Baggett, television weatherman, is Raleigh, North Carolina’s greatest big name. With adoring lovers, a pleasant apartment, a son in clinical tuition, and a gorgeous spouse who's one of many town’s best real-estate agents, Will’s existence is pretty well the best way he desires it. yet his well-ordered global comes crashing down whilst a heartless conglomerate buys the television station and comes to a decision that would is a relic of the prior. attempting to get his activity again, he will get himself arrested and injures either his knee and his delight. That’s whilst Will begins to achieve that greater than his occupation is in jeopardy: his marriage is coming aside and his son doesn’t like him greatly. simply whilst he thinks he’s hit backside, the previous he concept he had escaped comes calling, and there are a few long-neglected bills to be settled. How Will involves time period along with his background, resolves his hassle with the legislation, will get to understand his son – and himself – and attempts to recapture the magic of his marriage is the topic of Robert Inman’s sleek, poignant, and comedian novel. it's also a narrative approximately how the recent South, with its booming economic climate and sprawling towns, is stamping out the previous South and within the technique wasting a feeling of culture and id.

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We're a technically proficient country here in America. More and more you were judging and gathering something well beyond technique. You were measuring soul, breadth of personality, depth of statement, significance of philosophy, political courage, artistic "greatness"what exactly are these things? and how did you get into this position? who in this visionary and verbal purgatory do you think you are? God? Edmund Wilson? Donald Allen? Yourself, with your own terrible and beautiful life and its blindness, its bent wisdom and patched-up readiness?

All but a few nominations by the presses and magazines (found at the beginning of each work) are considered permission to reprint. The remaining permissions are cited below. Nominations had been made as early as Fall 1977. Further credits may be found in the author or visual artist autobiographical note section. , American publisher of Robert Creeley's MabelA Story. "So This Is Nebraska" is reprinted by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press, publisher of Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems by Ted Kooser.

1972: Salt Lake City, Utah Editor: Charles Potts smooth song the jukebox sang along the shore night-long eating sweet steamed milkfish sucking it off the delicate sprays of its bones peanuts, baked bananas drinking a case of San Miguel with the thrumming hint of Playboy by the marvelettes coming at us over the mangrove the war so far, far away across the pond they called the South China Sea you called simply "dagat" & were thrilled remembering the smell & purring motor in the water Naughty little girl escaping girl's chores long ago going out in the sea with dad & uncles, fishermen, You sat there with me watching the moon go down in the sea huddle under the blanket on the sand, singing old songs from your childhood, in Bisaya I held you smooth brown girl, soft wide mouth under bushy wild eyebrows and hair gone even more thick & matted from the salt in the air Page 38 I thought your father must have that ferocious look on him too.

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