On a cold January morning, traveling a road on which two feet of snow had reportedly fallen, William Kelley and his uncle headed south on West Madison Road near Middle Grove, an unincorporated town in the Southwest corner of Monroe County, Missouri. The two men, looking for horses that had…


One: Old Men

My great-grandfather would come home, according to an illicit family tale, late, drunk, and singing an old song called “You Get a Line, I’ll Get a Pole.” It’s an ancient American ballad: “You get a line and I’ll get a pole, honey/you get a line, I’ll get…


From Fort Lewis, Washington, ten miles south of Tacoma, Loal Richerson wrote the first of the letters saved from his time in World War II. As he penned the note to his brother Earl, Nazis pushed through the Middle East, occupied French Syria, and had their eye on the British…

Clinton David Lawson

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