Mason-Dixon Lines p o e t ry b y t o d d b o s s "Apple Orchard," glass negative, ca. 1920, Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress. Apple Slices --eaten right off the jackknife in moons, half moons, quarter moons and crescents-- still summon common summer afternoons I spent as my dad's jobsite grunt, framing future neighbors' houses out of 2×4s and 4×6s, and our brief and silent pickup tailgate lunchbox lunch breaks of link sausage, longhorn cheddar, larder pickles, cold leftover roast-beefand-butter sandwiches wrapped in paper, a couple of pippins from the Fall Crick Pick-n-Save, and-- flavored of tin from the lip of the cup of a dented thermos passed between us-- a hard-earned share of still-chill well water . . . Now so many waned and waxed moons later, another well-paid, well-fed, collegebred paper-pusher, I wonder that I've never labored harder, nor eaten better. Editor's Note: "Apple Slices" originally appeared in the collection Pitch (W. W. Norton & Company, 2012) and is reprinted here with permission of the author. 104s out her n cu ltu r es, Summer 2014 : Todd Boss
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: May 11, 2014
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