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“Markus has a extraordinary skill to strip existence right down to its fundamentals, to the purpose the place the metaphors we manufacture because the looking-glass for our lifestyles turn out status in for life itself. Fish, dust, evening and river come to face as opposed to relatives connections as fathers and sons, by means of giving themselves to fishing provide 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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The center of the fish, we don't throw the heart into the rubbish. we don't throw them again into the river the way in which that Bob does the heart of his fish. My spouse has a backyard out again in our yard. I dig a gap within the airborne dirt and dust during this backyard and we bury the heart again the following. on the finish of summer season, you want to see it: my spouse has the most important, reddest tomatoes that God has ever noticeable. That evening, my son wakes up in the midst of the evening crying from a foul dream. We run into his room, activate the sunshine. It was once only a dream, my spouse tells him. It wasn’t genuine. She pets his head. i need to grasp, What was once the dream approximately? My spouse provides me this glance that claims, What does it subject? It’s only a dream. I dreamed we have been fish, is what my son tells me. We lived within the river. hiya, now, I say, that doesn’t sound so undesirable. I inform him, i will be able to consider worse locations for fish to dwell. i need to grasp, so I ask him, what sort of fish have been we? He shakes his head that he doesn’t be aware of. was once I an immense fish? He nods his head to inform me definite. i used to be a bit fish, he says. after which he says, and also you have been attempting to devour me. Oh, sweetheart, my spouse says to this. I’m sorry, she says. What I say is, i used to be attempting to consume you? That’s while I awakened, my boy says. He says, his backside lip quivering, yet I didn’t wish you to devour me. I wouldn’t wish me to devour you both, I say. I decide him up, provide him an incredible fish hug. I lick the tears off his face. You do flavor beautiful salty, I say. It hits me one evening. perhaps my son is correct. probably i'm a fish. Bob’s fish. The fish that Bob is out at the river fishing for this fish. Bob is out at the river straight away fishing for this fish. i do know this even supposing i'm really not out at the river with him. i'm in mattress with my spouse. i'm attempting to get a few sleep. whilst I shut my eyes, i will see Bob, out at the river, out on his boat, fishing for this fish. while Bob chefs his fish, he chefs them over an open fireplace correct there at the river’s financial institution. Bob eats fish. That’s all he eats. two times an afternoon. Fish. And extra fish. There are these during this city who think that Bob eats the elements of the fish that almost all people don’t devour. the top. The tail. The bones. I don’t learn about this. yet i know this: That the a part of the fish that Bob does consume, even sooner than he chefs up the fish, is the fishes’ eyes. The fishes’ eyes, whilst Bob eats them, Bob believes, they assist Bob to raised see. Down contained in the river. in order that Bob can see like a fish. There are a few humans during this city who think that Bob fishes with nets. How else can one fishing guy trap such a lot of fish? is what those humans wish to ask. those those that ask this approximately Bob, they've got by no means visible Bob fish. those those who ask this approximately Bob basically see Bob whilst Bob comes into city along with his buckets of fish putting heavy from his wrists. those humans have purely heard the tales that a few humans during this city wish to make up approximately Bob simply because those humans have no idea who Bob rather is. those tales approximately Bob, they're simply tales. those tales are all lies. This tale that i'm instantaneously telling you, approximately Bob, it isn't a lie.

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