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“Markus has a notable skill to strip lifestyles all the way down to its fundamentals, to the purpose the place the metaphors we manufacture because the looking-glass for our lifestyles prove status in for life itself. Fish, dust, evening and river come to face instead of family members connections as fathers and sons, by means of giving themselves to fishing supply themselves over to a lone seek and to loss.”—Brian Evenson, writer of The Open Curtain

Peter Markus has released 3 tale collections and lives in Michigan.

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Fishing for that fish. That evening, up within the sky, Bob didn't realize if there have been any stars. Bob was once too busy having a look down, into the river, searching around the river, to determine if there have been any stars. What Bob was once trying to find, having a look down into the river, searching around the river, used to be that jumping fish. Bob didn't see, that evening, that leaping-up-out-of-the-river fish. What Bob did see, within the river, that evening, was once the sunshine of the moon. The moon, that evening, it was once as titanic, it used to be as complete, because the moon can get. The moon, it used to be too tremendous for Bob to not observe although he used to be taking a look down into the river. The moon that evening shining up at Bob from the river, it seemed to Bob just like the moon was once a few type of a fish. It wasn’t too difficult for Bob to work out that the moon, it was once formed like a face. It was once now not a face that Bob may well say whose face that it was once. It was once now not the face that used to be Bob’s father’s. It was once no longer a face that was once even Bob’s. Bob motored his boat over in order that he used to be shut sufficient to get an excellent examine whose face this face could be. Bob received so up just about that face that Bob reached out along with his hand to the touch it. whilst Bob reached out together with his hand, the moon, this face, it shattered right into a billion items. every one damaged piece, that evening, there within the river, turned a floating megastar. That evening, there within the river, there at the river, every one floating celebrity used to be eaten via a fish. this is often how the river works. Fish devour different fish. each one superstar, then, becomes a fish. If the fish have been stars, the sky at evening will be lit up, fish-belly white, with gentle. A fish is a fish. Who teaches a fish how you can fish? this is often the query. the reply to this can be this: Fish simply fish. It’s how fish dwell. It’s what they do. It’s similar to Bob is. a guy who fishes for fish. Bob fishes. Bob is fishing. Bob was once fishing. Bob fished final evening. Bob will fish back later this night. by way of day, Bob sleeps. whilst Bob is snoozing, Bob is dreaming approximately fish. whilst Bob sleeps, Bob desires approximately fishing. Bob dreamed at the present time, as he used to be sound asleep, approximately fishing for that fish. That fish, in Bob’s desires, it leaped up out of the river. Bob dreamed that he awakened at the river. In Bob’s dream, Bob dreamed that the river used to be his mattress. Bob dreamed that once he awakened from his dreaming, the fish was once drowsing subsequent to him during this mattress. Bob reached over throughout this mattress and placed his hand in this fish’s fin. Bob shook this fish’s fin to attempt and wake this fish up from its drowsing. yet this fish didn't get up from this slumbering. This fish used to be now not dozing. This fish, it used to be useless. It’s precise. Fish during this river die. It occurs for all time. occasionally, fish cease respiring. occasionally, fish cease swimming. occasionally, those fish glide as much as the river’s most sensible. occasionally, those fish flow on prior Bob and Bob’s boat. occasionally, Bob will fish those floating by way of fish up out of the river, and Bob will fish those fish up into his boat. Bob doesn't fish those useless fish up out of the river and fish those fish up into his boat in order that he can promote them. Bob doesn't fish those useless fish up out of the river and fish those fish up into his boat in order that he can consume them.

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