Gator Bait: A True Story

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By The Poorest of Williams (CLARKSDALE, Mississippi) Folks outside Coahoma County been rather churlish of late, arguing all about alligators caught in the 700-plus-a-few-pounds category. Well, that ain’ nuthin’! Me and Mr. Lil John been wrasslin’ ones bigger than that for years. I ain’ lying. Ask him? Okay, Captain Safety don’t mess with gators, he […]

Coahoma County Chupacabra: A True Story by the Poorest of Williams

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By POOR WILLIAM (CLARKSDALE, Mississippi) I swear I saw him. Last night. Skittering under the hedge. Head big as a fire hydrant, body smooth as a Chihuahua. He had been suckin’ blood from a goat. I know he was, ‘cause that’s what they do. They suck goat blood at night when nobody’s lookin’! Well, I […]

Bubba

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DELTA SHORT: A local character of Sun Lake By William Prentiss WARNING: See end of post! Bubba! What a name! It didn’t bother him one iota that the name “Bubba” was often associated with uneducated, white Southern males. He knew two black Bubbas, both smarter than he was, and they were as fine as they […]

Donny, Connie, and the General

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DELTA SHORT: A local character of Sun Lake By WILLIAM PRENTISS WARNING: See end of post! Donny, his real name, was a debutante and gay as the day was long. He didn’t come from money, but he sure as hell knew how to marry it. The Deb, as he was known behind his back, didn’t […]

Rickles: The Greendale Arsonist

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DELTA SHORTS:   Rickles: The Greendale Arsonist By WILLIAM PRENTISS   Any similarity between the arsonist at work in Clarksdale, Mississippi at present and this sordid tale of one delusional man’s poor understanding of scripture and what constitutes “loving thy neighbor” is purely fictional and coincidental. There are two tales–one real one not. The real […]

David “Straight” and Adelaide

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DELTA SHORTS:   David “Straight” and Adelaide By WILLIAM PRENTISS WARNING: See end of post! David was always a good boy and now was a fine man. The self-effacing farmer/historian was an anomaly among modern Delta planters. He only took one drink before dinner, and that more out of habit; he didn’t hunt or fish, […]

Blue: King of the Walking People

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DELTA SHORTS:   Blue: King of the Walking People By WILLIAM PRENTISS WARNING: See end of post! Blue didn’t give a damn what folks thought. He had carved out a nice living for a 45-year old, uneducated black man in the Mississippi Delta. He didn’t have much, but he didn’t owe much, except whatever he […]

Eddie: The Right Pope of Bongwater

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DELTA SHORTS   Eddie: The Right Pope of Bongwater By WILLIAM PRENTISS WARNING: This story, though ultimately shrouded in redemption, does portray some characters in their basest state, including coarse language, non-gratuitous graphic sexuality, and internal dialogue and behaviors, which include obvious incidents of racism, sexism, and behaviors unbecoming those seen in a moral and […]

Genevieve

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DELTA SHORTS   Genevieve By WILLIAM PRENTISS WARNING: This story, though ultimately shrouded in redemption, does portray some characters in their basest state, including coarse language, non-gratuitous graphic sexuality, and internal dialogue and behaviors, which include obvious incidents of racism, sexism, and behaviors unbecoming those seen in a moral and polite society. Please read no […]

Grinnel

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DELTA SHORTS   Grinnel By WILLIAM PRENTISS WARNING: This story, though ultimately shrouded in redemption, does portray some characters in their basest state, including coarse language, non-gratuitous graphic sexuality, and internal dialogue and behaviors, which include obvious incidents of racism, sexism, and behaviors unbecoming those seen in a moral and polite society. Please read no […]

Father Percy and Milky Steve

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DELTA SHORTS:   Father Percy and Milky Steve By WILLIAM PRENTISS WARNING: This story, though ultimately shrouded in redemption, does portray some characters in their basest state, including coarse language, non-gratuitous graphic sexuality, and internal dialogue and behaviors, which include obvious incidents of racism, sexism, and behaviors unbecoming those seen in a moral and polite […]

Carlene

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A DELTA SHORT: By WILLIAM PRENTISS WARNING: This story, though ultimately shrouded in redemption, does portray some characters in their basest state, including coarse language, non-gratuitous graphic sexuality, and internal dialogue and behaviors, which include obvious incidents of racism, sexism, and behaviors unbecoming those seen in a moral and polite society. Please read no malicious […]

The Delta Queens: Shells of a Different Shade

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DELTA SHORTS:   The Delta Queens: Shells of a Different Shade By WILLIAM PRENTISS Vestura had never been to the ocean; in fact, she had never left the Delta. In contemporary parlance, she was a domestic–a maid in days gone by. A complete lack of formal education was overshadowed by her intrinsic common sense. Though […]

Where’d He Go Submission by Guest Delta Bohemian Writer Josh Vaughan – EYES OF THE LAKE HAG

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DELTA SHORTS Where’d He Go? Submission by Guest Delta Bohemian Josh Vaughan EYES OF THE LAKE HAG                     Delta Bohemian readers were encouraged to write what they think happened to the fellow who once inhabited the clothes in the picture accompany this article. The winner was […]