Jan/Feb 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 1 Fiction |

Beach Town

Beachcomber How the beachcomber, waking, reaches up and peels off a sheet of wallpaper soggy with sea air, in this cruddy little room in this cruddy little beach town, but what the hell it’s his room, his beach town, and the dawn sky’s a panel of gray silk and the coffee’s black sludge scraping him clean from the inside; How he can hear the landlady downstairs fighting with her big dumb galoot of a son, hears the son slam the screen door as he clomps outside and revs his big, cruddy truck engine and zooms off, hears the black skimmers going at it, their brassy squips floating over the morning; How the beachcomber is known by a moniker, a nickname bestowed on him by a lost love; How no one in this beach town has ever known him by or called him by anything other than this nickname, how come to think of it, that means no one’s called him by his given name in over twenty years; How the beachcomber doesn’t remember how he got here. How he’s always been here, in a sense, o

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