Daniel Uncapher
Five Handy Men

Daniel Uncapher - Five Handy Men

Creative Nonfiction
Daniel Uncapher is a graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where he won multiple awards in the… Read more »
Jaclyn Dwyer
Geography Lessons

Jaclyn Dwyer - Geography Lessons

Creative Nonfiction
Jaclyn Dwyer has published poems in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iron Horse Review, Rattle, Columbia Poetry Review, New Ohio Review, The… Read more »
Kate Washington
The Winding

Kate Washington - The Winding

Creative Nonfiction
Kate Washington is a freelance writer and essayist whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications, from The… Read more »

Five Handy Men

Daniel Uncapher

1. Rabbit

Rabbit lived at the foot of the hill in a tenement, last of its kind, a three-story overcrowded brick box with shanty tents propped outside the crumbling walls like a little Hoovertown. He was lucky enough to sleep inside the walls on the third floor where the most resourceful locals cooked crystal meth, the production of which garnered the modest valley considerable regional acclaim for its affordability, consistency, and availability.

One hazy September evening as the city school bus ferried half-asleep children by, a stovetop fire in a kitchen-manufactory broke out on the third floor, setting off a column of smoke in the middle of Main Street as black and broad as the pine knot and tar bonfires they burned to fight the miasma of Yellow Fever. The victims gathered on the sidewalk outside and watched their lives incinerate. Somebody called the police, who called the fire chief who called the mayor, a chicken-dealing Baptist who disliked the tenement complex as much as the next white man and told the fire chief to let the whole place burn down—make a show of saving her, but let her burn. Along the way, someone collected some insurance… Read more »