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TACOMA BY IAN DENNING 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 14

I figure if I’m going to be broke, I’m going to be broke in  some place I like. So I came to Tacoma. 

Henry laughed in appreciation, but Joe’s face was solemn. “I’ve tried hard, I just can’t get away from it. I stepped off the train in Seattle, first thing I see there was a big sign just like that one out there. ‘You’ll like Tacoma.’

“I went up to Bellingham and didn’t get along very well. I saw a sign up there, but I closed my heart to it. ‘You’ll like Tacoma,’ it said. I went to Everett and worked in a real estate office. Every day I looked out my window and saw a sign on the boardwalk telling me I’d like Tacoma.”

“But you lost that job?” Henry asked.

“I lost that job, lived on the street. I did a lot of thinking about what makes one guy rich and another guy poor. I figure if I’m going to be broke, I’m going to be broke in a nice place, some place I like. So I came to Tacoma, and I didn’t make out here, neither. And now I live for just one thing. I’m going to hold on right here. I’ll sleep in the street, I’ll sweep out a saloon, I’ll do anything. I’ve just got to make good right here in order to gratify my one ambition.”

“And what’s that?” Henry said..

MILK’S ABOUT TO SOUR BY AMY PURCELL 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 14


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 14

WHEN THE RED KING AWAKES BY JOSEPH GUYER, MILK’S ABOUT TO SOUR BY AMY PURCELL, LIKE SUNSHINE BY ELAINE OLUND, NEVER CROSSED YOUR MIND BY ALANAH L MUIR, AIRPORT FICTION BY BOB SAWATZKI, WILD ROMANIA BY WILLIAM FALO, SNAKES IN THE CANE BY WILLIAM R STODDART, HAUNT ME BY RANDALL BROWN, TACOMA BY IAN DENNING, SOME THINGS SACRED BY JOHN JANDA, A CALL FOR DADDY BY KANISHA LAMPKIN, CORPORATE GOLDFISH BY DAVID BARNES, ON THE BEACH BY BOB SAWATZKI.