Spring 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 2 A Kenyon Review Collage: Later Lives |

Their Story

And then in those afternoons that yet were to come after so many other events of that time and our days too had passed over into our dreams, even after all details and memory had merged into those rivers of our nights, you would see the two of them there walking together, past our windows, past our front porches and our doors, through Sound Hill: Mr. Winston and Uncle McKenzie. In summer, the trees fluttering down their eyes and watching so quietly the heat-drowsed life along those streets; the smell of the Sound (the water only yards away behind the farthest of our houses) hanging heavy through the air as first one pair of dark hands from behind a fence, then another and then still another, waved at them in greeting, and large heavy dark eyes all along that street—through the heat, through our dreams—looked out from every other memory with easy smiles of recognition. You will not see them walking quite that way now, and our summers too have grown more silent. But even then,

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Thomas Glave is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories, Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (Lambda Literary Award, 2005), The Torturer’s Wife (Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist, 2008), and Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh, forthcoming from Akashic Books in summer 2013. He is editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (Lambda Literary Award, 2008). His most recent work appears in the New York Times, The Kenyon Review, and in the anthologies Kingston Noir, Love, Christopher Street, and Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, all published in 2012. Glave has been Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT, and is a 2012 Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.

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