Winter 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 1999 |

The Pit

 The killing of children in our town has become quite common now, ordinary as the bread we yet bake each day. We've lived here since, it seems, time immemorial, but little since that time, in our memory, has changed. Our town, like those neighboring, has running water now, and even electricity, but still a dryness and darkness prevail. The killings, like the dryness, are as regular as the daily beatings of our grandmothers in the streets, and the slaughters of those who, between summer locusts and hurricanes, attempt to save them; as our daughters, before they disappear from our sight forever, are raped (in the cane fields, in the mountains) after being pulled from our arms, from our shacks, in those hours when the roads are dark again, and no one except those very few, in their boots, may walk. We don't speak of these things now as much as we once did, having learned that speech, like the persistence of memory, here serves little purpose; or rather, here in particular, on hill

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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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