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Everyone was excited to get Gil back. His first game off the bereavement list was in Seattle, where the only people that come on non-Felix days anymore are the dedicated fans who follow the sport as a whole because their own team is crap and has been crap ever since Griffey and A-Rod left town. Morner walked up to the plate, and the ten thousand-plus there gave him not an ovation exactly but a swelling of applause. Gil Morner plays the game the way fans appreciate, a free-swinging, hard-charging second baseman, but his wife died recently and that is a cold shame. Scotty Person had him hitting sixth, even though he’d been in the five slot for a year and a half. Top of the second, the first pitch he sees he cuts loose, swings with his very soul, he can’t wait, he’s got to flip that tarot card and find out his future already, whether he’s going to be able to do this thing, or if it’s all going to hell. The pitch was a splitter, and he rolled over it, bouncing out to short, which is to say a double-play to end the inning.

After the game, he disappears.
from Never Get Back, a forthcoming novel
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Bio


A. Michael Fortkamp is a writer from Ohio. He holds a BA, MA, and an MFA in fiction writing. He has worked as a fiction editor for Arcadia Press, Front Porch Journal, and Oxford Magazine. He has studied with Doug Dorst, Debra Monroe, Lee K. Abbott, Bret Anthony Johnston, Lee Martin, Alan Cheuse, Erin McGraw, Tom Grimes, Kyoko Mori, Gretchen K. W. Vollmer, and many more. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and he once got to see Tim O'Brien perform magic tricks at his home in Texas. It was pretty sweet.

Bio


A. Michael Fortkamp is a writer from Ohio. He holds a BA, MA, and an MFA in fiction writing. He has worked as a fiction editor for Arcadia Press, Front Porch Journal, and Oxford Magazine. He has studied with Doug Dorst, Debra Monroe, Lee K. Abbott, Bret Anthony Johnston, Lee Martin, Alan Cheuse, Erin McGraw, Tom Grimes, Kyoko Mori, Gretchen K. W. Vollmer, and many more. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and he once got to see Tim O'Brien perform magic tricks at his home in Texas. It was pretty sweet.

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Spider Quote


Elephants can hear sounds as low as five hertz, or five vibrations per second. These are the saddest sounds imaginable. In this range are the sounds of distant storms, oncoming earthquakes, awakened volcanoes, and the speed of the soul’s departure at death.

from "The Spider Does Not Know Love"

Spider Quote


Elephants can hear sounds as low as five hertz, or five vibrations per second. These are the saddest sounds imaginable. In this range are the sounds of distant storms, oncoming earthquakes, awakened volcanoes, and the speed of the soul’s departure at death.

from "The Spider Does Not Know Love"

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Real Fights Quote


He flips closed the visor, pushes the tissue back up his nose and fixes his gaze out through the windshield, out through the peppering of snowflakes, clinging together in reverence, like lost souls, each by each decaying into trickles on the heated glass.

from "The Real Fights"

Real Fights Quote


He flips closed the visor, pushes the tissue back up his nose and fixes his gaze out through the windshield, out through the peppering of snowflakes, clinging together in reverence, like lost souls, each by each decaying into trickles on the heated glass.

from "The Real Fights"

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