fiction by Jeff Mann
I need to get out of here. I need to get away from him. One minute I want to pull him close and kiss him hard, and another minute I want to punch him in the jaw and run. I’ve always felt too much. Too deep, too much. Too many things at the same damn time.
The two men sat side by side in Mike’s Ranger. The Bluestone Dam loomed over the valley, its floodgates open. A few fishermen waded in the New River; a few high-school boys leapt and dribbled around the basketball court.
Jeff Mann has published six books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine, On the Tongue, Ash, A Romantic Mann, Rebels, and Redneck Bouquet; three collections of essays, Edge, Binding the God, and Endangered Species; a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; six novels, Fog, Purgatory, Cub, Salvation, Country, and Insatiable; and three volumes of short fiction, A History of Barbed Wire, Desire and Devour, and Consent. With Julia Watts, he co-edited LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia. The winner of two Lambda Literary Awards and four National Leather Association-International literary awards, he teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech.