The Incredible Appearing Man

The Incredible Appearing Man /Deborah Galyan ""O LUMBER," HE SAYS. A blue work shirt and jeans. Cowboy boots, very tooled. But the grin is center stage. "I didn't call a plumber." He takes a notebook out of his shirt pocket and looks in it. "Plumber," he says, "nonetheless." X His Panama hat is an odd touch, shadowing dark glasses. He smeUs delicious, like lemon grass and eucalyptus bark, fresh "You're not a plumber," I say looking him dead in the eye. from CaUfornia. I breathe him in. earlobe, a dimple in his left cheek. "Maybe they're in the truck. We could go take a look." He grins again. "I don't think so," I say. "You don't have any tools." He leans into the screen door. An amethyst glints in his left He inspects the toe of his boot for scuffs. "So," he says. "Are you saying I'm not a plumber?" I nod carefuUy. He looks over his shoulder at an ancient Toyota truck in the drive. I notice the tendons in his shoulders, how they reach up into his neck like gnarled vines. "This is a drawback," he says, a serious drawback." his CaUfornia accent minty, with overtones of diffidence. "This is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

The Incredible Appearing Man

The Missouri Review, Volume 18 (1) – Oct 5, 1995

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/Deborah Galyan ""O LUMBER," HE SAYS. A blue work shirt and jeans. Cowboy boots, very tooled. But the grin is center stage. "I didn't call a plumber." He takes a notebook out of his shirt pocket and looks in it. "Plumber," he says, "nonetheless." X His Panama hat is an odd touch, shadowing dark glasses. He smeUs delicious, like lemon grass and eucalyptus bark, fresh "You're not a plumber," I say looking him dead in the eye. from CaUfornia. I breathe him in. earlobe, a dimple in his left cheek. "Maybe they're in the truck. We could go take a look." He grins again. "I don't think so," I say. "You don't have any tools." He leans into the screen door. An amethyst glints in his left He inspects the toe of his boot for scuffs. "So," he says. "Are you saying I'm not a plumber?" I nod carefuUy. He looks over his shoulder at an ancient Toyota truck in the drive. I notice the tendons in his shoulders, how they reach up into his neck like gnarled vines. "This is a drawback," he says, a serious drawback." his CaUfornia accent minty, with overtones of diffidence. "This is

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Published: Oct 5, 1995

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