Yes, I like confusing listeners when I change conversations

From real people to fictitious ones.

My deceased parents – and I perversely tormented them for years,


In ways so numerous, no need to list –

Disliked when names they had never heard dropped.

And I do the same with friends, partner, others,

Though not with the bothersome intent used on my parents.

Onion (passing as a man) lives in another John Brown-based novel, The Good Lord Bird, by

James McBride.

Will she hang with Brown or escape?

Will Manuela (an Italian injured with Coalition Forces in Afghanistan) ever

Meet Mattia (on the run after testifying against the Mafia)

In Limbo, by Melania G. Mazzucco?

So real: Onion, John Brown (altered, Manuela and Mattia.

Now, more seriously –


They live with me, and I walk with them, worry for them, feel them ….

Before you declare, “Great! How about some concern for real people?”,

I’ll reply, “This is who I am, and those characters, well, I know them!”


Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-April 2015


Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


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