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“Markus has a awesome skill to strip lifestyles right down to its fundamentals, to the purpose the place the metaphors we manufacture because the looking-glass for our life prove status in for lifestyles itself. Fish, dust, evening and river come to face in preference to relations connections as fathers and sons, via giving themselves to fishing supply themselves over to a lone seek and to loss.”—Brian Evenson, writer of The Open Curtain

Peter Markus has released 3 tale collections and lives in Michigan.

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One time all Bob did was once bob his head. once more Bob stated he had a pair. while Bob says that he’s obtained a pair, he doesn't suggest simply . a pair dozen, might be. a pair hundred, on an excellent evening. occasionally you'll discover boats at the river bunched up so with regards to one another that they really bang jointly at the go with the flow. Bob’s boat is rarely a kind of boats. Bob fishes by myself. Bob fishes open air the pack. Bob fishes the a part of the river that no-one else thinks to fish. i'm really not the 1st fisherman to stick with Bob round the river to determine how and the place Bob fishes. however the factor with Bob is that this: you will be fishing an analogous water as Bob and also you won’t capture a unmarried fish. That’s simply because Bob is fishing up from the river the entire fish that you just can’t trap. It’s bought not anything to do with good fortune. It’s obtained not anything to do with the type of bait that Bob is fishing with. It’s obtained every thing to do with Bob and with who Bob is and the truth that Bob doesn't simply continue to exist the river. Bob lives within the river. definite, similar to a fish. It’s precise that I’ve visible Bob fish a fish out of the river with simply his naked Bob arms. occasionally it’s greater than only one fish that Bob fishes along with his fingers out of the river. It’s precise, too, that i've got heard Bob sing the fish up into his boat. It’s now not a track that you just and that i can pay attention simply because we've got ears. however the fish can listen it. The fish take heed to Bob sing while Bob opens up his mouth and sings to them, Fish, oh fish, come right here. I’ve obvious fish stroll throughout water to get to the place Bob is making a song to them this track. I’ve visible fish bounce up at Bob and up into Bob’s boat like fish seeking to be kissed. in the future i am getting domestic from the river. What my spouse says to me whilst I are available from the river is, I didn’t marry a fisherman. She says, be mindful, you've gotten a son too. Ever because you acquired that boat, she says. She doesn't end this sentence. She is going over to the place the sink is and she or he activates the tap. scorching water hisses opposed to soiled plates. i'm overdue back for supper. I see my son sitting in entrance of the television. he's in his lingerie. He’s six. he's looking at a television express that i don't recognize the identify of. hi there, blood brother boy, I say. He doesn't flip towards the sound of his daddy’s voice. What’s happening, little guy? I say. He doesn’t say something to this. bet what I observed out at the river this present day? at the television there's a clown made from clay. I observed this fairly titanic send, I say. My son seems to be up at me, clear of the television. What? he says, even though I don’t imagine he’s heard what I’ve stated. a massive send that sailed the following all of the method from China. His eyes widen even though i ponder if he understands what and the place is China. What approximately Bob? my son then says. i'm wondering what and what kind of he understands approximately Bob. What approximately Bob? I say. used to be Bob at the China send? No, I say. I say, Bob was once on Bob’s boat. Then he says, Is Bob going to visit China? i suppose he does be aware of what China is. I don’t imagine so, I inform him. at the television the clay clown is juggling 3 clay fish. Did you capture any fish? he asks. a pair, I say. are looking to see them? One’s bought a few beautiful significant the teeth on him.

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