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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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Prologue


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?

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