Winter 1995 • Vol. XVII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1995 |

Tuff Buddies

         for Robert Scott No sign or behind warmingcould keep us from careeningdown hills or popping wheelies;the blue brake on our BigWheels only helped us peelout, skid. Robert & I were TuffBuddies, friends for life, two kidsthrown together like the sandbox& swings our fathers put upin the gap between buildings.We dug & played but mostlysailed down Boswell Streeton those glorified tricycles soupedup our own way, ripping offhokey handle-ribbons that fanneduseless, bicentennial. We removedthe blue, low-backed safetyseat, then conveniently lost it—betterable to stand for jumps, dismounts,we'd hit the raised ramp at hill's bottomthen leap & pray the same way Robert,Superdog, & I once spilled out a redwagon right before it swerved, thenplunged through the garageof my new house. Beyondthat patched hole our hides paid formy Big Wheel still rots. I wouldn't letthem sell it with the yard; I still lovethe wheels' blue click, black scrapeof plastic

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Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995–2015. His Book of Hours was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Prize; his book The Grey Album won the PEN Open Award, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. This essay has been adapted from Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, longlisted for the National Book Award.

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