[Reading] ➿ Midwestern Gothic By Jeff Pfaller – Horse-zine.co.uk

Midwestern Gothic chapter 1 Midwestern Gothic , meaning Midwestern Gothic , genre Midwestern Gothic , book cover Midwestern Gothic , flies Midwestern Gothic , Midwestern Gothic 808faa6376975 IssueFeatures Fiction From Dave, Barrett, Meredith Boe, Justin Carmickle, Marianne Chan, DeLeon DeMicoli, Chris Drabick, Jason Marc Harris, Stephanie Heit, Joseph Horton, Alex Mattingly, Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, Christopher Merkner, Lia Swope Mitchell, Brian Pals, Robyn Ryle, Shane Stricker, Matt Weinkam, Alexander Weinstein, And Brenna Womer Poetry By Monica Berlin, Grady Chambers, Jenelle Clausen, Jessica Duncan, William Engelhart, Wil Gibson, Steve Henn, Coop Lee, Greg Loselle, Katie Kalisz, Alex Mouw, Casey Patrick, Dale Patterson, And Catherine Rankovic Midwestern Gothic Is A Quarterly Print Literary Journal Out Of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dedicated To Featuring Work About Or Inspired By The Midwest, By Writers Who Live Or Have Lived Here Midwestern Gothic Aims To Collect The Very Best In Writing Inspired By The Midwest


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    EDITOR S COMMENTARY Purchase a copy at summer, another issue of Midwestern Gothic It s amazing that no matter how long we do this, there s always wrenches and new wrinkles that get thrown into the process This issue will always stand out to me I hope, if it happens again I ll probably get committed to an asylum as the one we lost In the midst of copyediting, my hard drive fried and my multiple layers of redundancy backups failed, sending most of the work spent laying out the galley and making copyediting changes into the ether I gave myself a half hour to feel bad for myself and ate some fast food that made me feel even worse, and then got right back at it.The positive that came out of that experience was that I was able to get reacquainted with the stories and poems inside There s something about laying out a galley and designing how the words appear on the page that s very tactile, almost like you can feel the work taking shape And it reinforced why I enjoyed one of my favorite pieces in the issue, Gen Mods, by Brian Pals When I tell people about Midwestern Gothic, one of my usual lines is that we re than corn and cows Well, this story is all about corn Specifically, a group of men rogueing corn for Monsanto That s probably why I liked it so much, that it took the stereotypes about the Midwest and corn and showed how tradition has evolved into modern reality.Even though big farming has evolved into numbers and chemicals, there are still men walking the fields, tending to the crops in very different ways than years ago And the dynamics of this manual labor, overseer and worker, take on a different tone It s a nuanced piece takes place in the midst of a prominent debate GMOs, Bee Extinction, etc without an agenda In other words, it reflects life in the Midwest, good, bad, and ugly Which is exactly what we re looking for Here s an excerpt ___It s possible, walking corn, to sweat yourself dirty and all the way back around to clean again Everything flushes out, and by the end of a hundred degree day in the field, that wet wash sliding out of your hatband doesn t even have the taste of salt to it any Pure water.You could maybe go a day without showering, but what Honzo never seemed to get was you had to change clothes One season he wore the same T shirt , 1998 Stanley Cup, Detroit Red Wings, for a solid week of work I doubt he really smelled much worse after than he did before, though Honzo was just naturally ripe Maybe he had in his system to sweat out than the rest of us.Whatever Honzo s aroma was, his phone call meant money Not easy money, or even especially big money for what you had to do to get it, but roguing cornfields for a couple, three weeks of a summer could help pay down a lot of debt For me, it was legal fees.Honzo would contract acres from one of the seed companies Pioneer, Monsanto,AgriGold and call the crew together Me and Dennis, maybe another guy or two We d walk the fields, miles back and forth, with spades sharpened up to chop rogues or volunteers, types of corn that deviated It s primitive work of the hand and foot, a job that usually gets started around mid July, the hottest slice of summer The last time I worked with Honzo, though, it got hot in May, even hotter over a rainless June, and the call came a good two weeks early Ready to rogue corn, Shcotty Missing teeth up front, Honzo had to kind of side lisp any word with a hissing sound in it He had a growl in his voice, too, like a dopey cartoon dog who cursed a lot Monsanto s got acres, and they need that shit walked like now 16 corn, some of it The pay was by the acre, scaled to how hard the work was A 16 per acre field meant tough walking and a big enough check, if you could work long hours with a small crew.


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