Monday, April 23, 2012

"Tractor Incident," by Eric Ramseier

Sometimes we dread life’s demands. Wishing away events that challenge our daily routines can consume a lot of time and thought. That’s how we find this character when a dust cloud envelops him and his truck after slamming the brakes.  He wished it were a cloud of locusts consuming “whatever occupied the ground”  instead of surrounding him.  But what he cannot escape is witnessing is an over-turned tractor and underneath it an injured boy. The strength of the story is the close point of view and associative leaps.  After placing the boy in the back of his pickup, he wants no part of this event hoping the boy would “fly out without a trace.”  The story takes an interesting perspective on how he comes to terms with the reality of what life delivers. Read it here at Switchback.

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