Summer 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 3/4 FictionJuly 1, 1996 |

The Final Inning

And whether or not Duane had really made a beautiful or no fly corpse or not with all of his fingernails and fierce teeth intact beneath the lid of that closed coffin, and why the fuck his mother had just had to wear that shitcolored crushed-velvet or whatever it was tacky suit (to match her just-as-tacky crushed-velvet also shitcolored hat with that old cheap-looking Saint Patrick's-green fake daffodil on it), and if it was true that Uncle Brandon McCoy had made a goddamned fool out of himself again by crying like a big old droopingass baby in front of all those people instead of acting like a grown (old broken-down) man should even in the midst of all that grief for the fallen brother, and what it was exactly somebody had said to the minister (Reverend Dr. Smalls, old pompous fire-and-brimstone drunkass) about going on and eating up all the (greasy-nasty, Cee-Cee had said) fried chicken so that there wasn't even a decent leg left for nobody, not for nobody, honey—when it was all

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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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