In this collection of thirty-eight chiseled short stories, George Thomas Clark introduces readers to actors, alcoholics, addicts, writers famous and unknown, a general, a lovelorn farmer, a family besieged by cancer, extraterrestrials threatening the world, a couple time traveling back to a critical battle, a deranged husband chasing his wife, and many more memorable people and events.
In compressed language George Thomas Clark presents Snapshots of Distressing Events. A distraught man confronts noisy neighbors, one couple is enveloped by infidelity, another’s destroyed by violence, drinkers and drug users have some fun but more trouble, people stumble in matters of money, medical destiny is determined by mishaps, malice, and chance, members of the media send strange messages, mass murderers and gun lovers disrupt society, those seeking liberation in religion are sometimes imprisoned, and from World War II to the present powerful people blunder.
Boxing is practiced by abnormally tough and determined men compelled to risk their health for a long chance at fleeting glory. In Uppercuts, George Foreman young and old knocks out almost everyone. Joe Frazier mauls Muhammad Ali, Ali destroys Frazier, and boxing ruins both. Jerry Quarry tells about his decline and that of his brother. Hector Camacho recalls the fire in his head. Emanuel Steward, Oscar Bonavena, Alexis Arguello, Archie Moore, Roberto Duran, Jack Johnson, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar de la Hoya, and other also lace on their gloves.
Joseph McCarthy says he’s a tough and dedicated guy in the boxing ring and U.S. Senate. Richard Nixon denies he’s an awkward, resentful, and paranoid president. Fidel Castro asserts he’s an appealing and inevitable historical character while embracing megalomania. And all three frigid warriors tell their stories as they fight again.
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Two new poems have been added to “Charles White Endures” 21-A. Charles White Shelters “Harriet” harriet taubman harriet anyone my aunt harriet flees north blanketed under blood eyes wary on you To see “Harriet” by Charles White, please click here 22-A. Charles White Lights video in sunny hollywood hill gallery recalls ‘seventy-seven exhibit here featuring […]
decades ago when poet amiri baraka’s surname jones rebuked for obscenity by langston hughes in essay “that boy leroi” boy now almost eighty on stage with fiftyish daughter at hammer museum and can’t remember abstract impressionist painter who dripped jackson pollock she said and the mexican muralist my man diego rivera she said baraka generally […]
Two new poems have been added to Charles White Endures 25. Housing Update for Charles White rolling hills road’s still pretty houses decent don’t know which was yours driving out canyon route shaded by dense trees two unpleasant young men interrupt stepping onto road waving to stop i speed by to see barred altadena windows […]
(These poems were originally published out of chronological order and are here reorganized to form a life story.) 1. Goodbye Father daddy’s dead but momma says we’ve got to sit way back in church and from there i watch everyone especially the family in front crying even harder and realize where daddy’s been six days […]