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06 August, 2010

Rick DeMarinis, "Boy with Cane Pole"

This short story in the summer 2010 issue of The Antioch Review, "Boy with Cane Pole" by Rick DeMarinis is written in 3rd person POV. An old man whose wife left him in 1970 now lives with a 35-year old woman. He used to be a teacher/writer and is now thinking about the end of his life, his wife leaving him, and time. Through a poorly painted landscape, Jake brakes, and his one extant story he explores his past and what he thinks about stopping, death. The "boy with a cane pole" is a figure in the painting.

I've never read anything by Rick DeMarinis. I like this story but I need to read it yet again. There's a lot to digest and it is kind of all over the place, but in a good way. In six pages, he explores an old man's failed marriage, aging and time, loving, forgiving, and writing and I especially like the ending.