Volume 8 | Issue 1 | Spring 2007
Death in the Mountains
A Few Days after Your Fiftieth Birthday Pagosa Springs
Salesman of the Quarter
Coming Attractions, 1960
My sister and I ride swings at the front
of the drive-in movie theater. Over us, the screen
rises like a galleon sail. Twilight swells and deepens.
The swings squeak-squawk in near-dark. Then it’s night.
Film-trailers erupt on the screen: Coming
Attractions! Come on back to the snack bar!
(A speaker babbles to itself on its metal post.)
From across an open space, a man -- no face,
a black profile with a bright red coal in the center --
floats towards us. We smell cigarette smoke and whiskey.
He says nothing, but we know: it’s time to go back
to the car, where our parents wait. The swings go
silent. Heroes gallop toward us on the screen.
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