Summer 1998 • Vol. XX No. 3/4 Drama |

Physical History

(Dark stage, silence. A stumble and fall is heard. Lights up, revealing a man, the SUBJECT, struggling to his feet and moving purposefully to a seemingly designated spot upstage left. The SUBJECT is wearing boxer shorts and a sleeveless undershirt.) SUBJECT: (Appearing somewhat surprised to be on the otherwise empty stage. It takes him a moment to gather himself to speak. And when he does so his words are not audible.) The Secret Physical History of My Family. . . (Following a long moment of preparation and regathering, his words are now clearly audible.) The Secret Physical History of My Family. . . Let's start with my father: my father got hair transplants circa 1972. (SUBJECT commences "dancing. ") The procedure, performed by a dermatologist, involved the systematic relocation of dozens of hair plugs from the back of his head to the top over a period of many weeks. They covered his bald head with hair, arranged in rows, not unlike a planted field. Soon thereafter, circa 1

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Philip Brooks
Philip Brooks lives in the wilds of Ohio with his wife, son, schnoodle, and four tortoises. His work has appeared in the Quarterly, Willow Springs, The Beloit Poetry Journal, and Mudlark.

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