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God of the Midwest

By Aaron Brown Poetry

God the God of the cement silo, sunset-stained,
and the conveyor
                                         running through the night.

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Fool Plow

By Austin Segrest Poetry

On Plough Monday, a “fool plough” or “white plough” was dragged about the village by young ploughmen covered in ribbons and other gay ornaments; they asked for pennies at every door and, if refused, they ploughed the ground before the cottage. _________________________________________________—Peter Ackroyd At the first breaking of ground we prayed heaven speed the plow,…

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Moravia

By Walter Wangerin Jr. Short Story

1.   AUNT MORAVIA SAID that she had swallowed a glass piano.   She was my father’s aunt, a stitch of an old woman. She’d come to live with us when I was seven and my brother Robbie fifteen. Mother had been bedfast for a month before the birth of my sister. In the meantime Aunt Moravia…

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