by Leland Myrick
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Firecrackers lighting up an ancient tree on a summer night. Twin boys born the same night their grandmother passes away. Teenagers hanging by their fingertips from the roof of a parking garage. These are the moments of quiet poetry that make up Leland Myrick's Missouri Boy. Happiness alternates with tragedy in these snapshots of Myrick's own Missouri childhood. Filled with startling and at times achingly beautiful images--from a perfect paper airplane flying in the autumn sky to a solitary cross-country motorcycle trip--Myrick's graphic poem brings together the experiences that formed his character, for better and for worse. Poignant, timeless, and gently evoked, Missouri Boy is a unique tribute to a small-town American childhood.
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