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Leonore Wilson teaches creative writing at Napa Valley College. Her work has been featured in such magazines as Quarterly West, Conversely, Third Coast, Madison Review and Laurel Review. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.


Fourth of July

Issue No. 52 ~ September, 2001

I’m on the lawn at the Veterans Home. Families wait, anticipating the routine in heaven — a wad of sparks, red-blue-white-yellow-blue-white-red, bop-bop-bop, and the shirr-rr of whistles. One little green beret, dead drunk, asks for part of my blanket. How can I refuse him as …