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D E C E M B E R   1 9 9 6

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THE SHOOTING

by William Matthews


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RA 28.8, RA 14.4

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Also by William Matthews:
Dire Cure (1997)
Cheap Seats, the Cincinnati Gardens, Professional Basketball, 1959 (1994)
The Blues (1989)
Homer's Seeing-Eye Dog (1988)
On the Porch at the Frost Place, Franconia, N.H. (1982)
New (1980)

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It be the usual at first.
This one be bad, that one be worse.

They do this in slow commotion.
They strut, they fuss, something they done

or never done be what they set
fire to and slow turn into fast

because a gun come out and then
gun two, gun three, guns all around

like walls. That mean we be the room.










Copyright © 1996 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; December 1996; The Shooting; Volume 278, No. 6; page 58.

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