By Padgett Powell
A suite of five items by means of Padgett Powell plus an excerpt of the imminent You & Me to be released first and foremost as an Ecco Solo brief publication.
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Green plants sprouted from the carpet like celery and stars filled the windows like flood lights. No, wait! Those were giants, maybe gods, yikes! maybe even aliens grinning and shining flashlights in at them. Heavenly voices sang heavenly songs, and the smell of cinnamon and oregano filled the air. “Hey,” Rebecca said. ” “I’d say that’s where it came from all right,” Kenneth said. The Ghost of This Particular Christmas crawled onto Kenneth’s lap, and the three of them, Rebecca and Kenneth and the baby Byron, not to mention the Ghost of Christmas Shifted Sideways In Time and the Ghost of Maybe We Should Have Gone To My Mother’s For Christmas, were sufficient for a midnight mass celebrated with celery and flashlights, some soft humming, and unfolded socks.
A family of four could have eaten dinner comfortably around either of her pink splayed feet. Her wiry black and gray hair flowed over her back like dead vines. Sam watched Mike Mitchell leaning against the rail of the bandstand, his trumpet loose at the end of his arm. Mike squinted up at the bunches of elongated, tapered yellow fruit under the monster’s broad green leaves and peach-and-white blossoms. He stroked the mustache at the edge of his upper lip. Mike thought the mustache made him look dashing.
63 raymom 4/15/01 8:12 PM Page 64 RAY VUKCEVICH “We want you to move to Toby,” Ada said. Toby’s ears stiffened at the sound of his name, and he looked up at Ada. Jessica was quiet for a moment. Then she made Mom’s soft grandmother mouth a hard line. ” She sounded incredulous. “You got it,” Ada said. “You want an entire civilization, billions of us, each with definite ideas and hopes and dreams, to just shuffle off to another world? You think that generations of tradition and deeply felt religion and philosophy can be tossed aside?
5 Stories and a Piece of You & Me by Padgett Powell