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Volume 35 | Issue 1 | 2021

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From "O Canada" (p. 45)

by Robert Kostuck

Later in another kitchen a rakish gay cake chef ties on her apron, wraps himself around her, repeatedly thumps his tall abdomen somewhere between her breasts and vagina. It’s merely his way of announcing to the wanna-be cooks and decorators: I am top dog in this kitchen. The part of this that makes me sad is her accepting the forced and enforced product placement. How she lets others create the give and take while she only conforms to their expectations. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, male, female, married, unmarried. Constantly swerving, severing and simultaneously forming ties to Edmonton, or this little mismatched town on the silted-up “west coast” of Florida.

Consider breakfast in the house of ill-repute. I’ll make waffles and orange juice for my sparrow, pack a box lunch stir-fry for “later,” laugh about “washing up,” take turns instigating playful bumps on rear ends with empty bread pans or a rubber spatula, (“I should whack your ass.” “You’d like that, wouldn’t you?”) rub spatial organic lemons across the tabletop, teach her boyfriends and girlfriends about the effervescent eight-fold Buddhist path, regal fireflies with anecdotes and homophonic double-entendre puns.

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Begun by novelist and short-story writer Dr. Terry Dalrymple in 1987, Concho River Review is a biannual literary journal published by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University. Since its inception, CRR has prided itself on publishing some of the finest short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. Although originally designed as a forum for Texas writers, over the years its reach and interests have extended well beyond Texas and the Southwest.