By Malcolm Braly
An immense American novel, and arguably the best paintings of literature ever to emerge from a US criminal, On the Yard is a booklet of penetrating mental realism within which Malcolm Braly paints an unforgettable photo of the advanced and scary international of the reformatory. At its heart are the violently intertwined tales of cold Willy, in hassle with the legislations from his earliest years and now the top of the prison's flourishing black industry in medications and intercourse, and of Paul, wracked with guilt for the homicide of his spouse and determined for a few form of redemption. instantaneously brutal and delicate, clear-eyed and rueful, On the Yard provides the reformatory no longer as an unique situation, an exception to daily truth, yet as a normal position, one each reader will realize, American to the middle.
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It’s me who is afraid. 46 1x 2x 3x 4x 5x 6x 7x 8x 9x 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Nunca Tu Alma I turn my eyes from the girls’ thin bodies in Sarajevo and from corpses that ﬂoat down river like matchsticks, but here in the clinic I sit with Maya—a twelve-year-old, raped by her sister’s friend—who asks me Am I still a virgin? Three delicate tears lace her perineum, as if Maya has had a rough delivery. I culture for gc, chlamydia, draw blood for pregnancy, hiv.
He doesn’t wear glasses, like this boy, and he’s blonder than anyone waiting here. When I’m home, we’ll meet for dinner. The kid with spectacles, I think, will grow up to study ﬁnance in Cleveland. How’s work? I’ll ask my son, trying to catch up. He’ll concentrate on his plate. I’ll pick up the bill. 37 Nights after Mother Died I slept in the guest room, the high bed. My father snored from their room, her side empty. I was terriﬁed— of him seeing me naked, the bathroom door swollen so it wouldn’t close.
I watch my mother watching from her window frame. 24 1x 2x 3x 4x 5x 6x 7x 8x 9x 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Parturition Coyotes quarrel with the Long Night Moon. I’m young. My ﬁrst child is due. I can’t sleep. Scorpions hurry to hide in every crack. I worry— will I be wiser than my parents? Back home, my mother wakes— her daughter’s face among dogs and rattlesnakes. She writes me: Scorpions invade my dreams. Are you in danger? But I love the coyotes’ dirge, their hollow outline on the ridge, and how the wild boar stink, wet with rain.