The fictitious characters occasionally quote without attribution from John Brown’s Body by Steven Vincent Benet.
Chapters 4 and 29 appeared previously in
Muscadine Lines: An Online Journal. http://www.asouthernjournal.com/archives.htm
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When wild woods have found a way to outrun fences,
And hawks fly higher than a frightened gun,
Fleeing from hovering eyes and hands
Truth bursts through preconceptions,
Then I’ll come . . . like a Navajo
Across the burning desert.
Nothing is satisfying: Noises?
Dead brown-green images burnt in the retina?