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Jim McGarrah

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Jim McGarrah's poems, essays, and stories have appeared in many literary magazines over the past decade. His play, Split Second Timing, received a Kennedy Center ACTF Award in 2001. He is the author of four books of poetry, Running the Voodoo Down (2003), When the Stars Go Dark (2009), Breakfast at Denny's (2013), and The Truth About Mangoes (2016), a critically acclaimed memoir of the Vietnam War entitled A Temporary Sort of Peace that won the 2010 Legacy Nonfiction Award from the Eric Hoffer Foundation and the sequel entitled The End of an Era. His newest nonfiction book, Off Track, was published in 2015. Jim is also co-editor of Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana and a founding editor of RopeWalk Press, as well as the former man ...more

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Jim McGarrah I feel that writer's block is an excuse to not write. Writing is hard. If I reach a stopping point on something, then I assume it's not working. I…moreI feel that writer's block is an excuse to not write. Writing is hard. If I reach a stopping point on something, then I assume it's not working. I move on to something else. If I have nothing new to say, I revise, revise revise.(less)
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A Temporary Sort of Peace: ...

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Running the Voodoo Down

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When the Stars Go Dark

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Going Postal

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Lets’ Consider Context - Misdemeanor Outlaw

It isn’t my fault that I’m an outlaw or that most of my life has been spent defining right and wrong in ways more relative to circumstance than legal code. Take this day in June for example. I’m in Horse Cave, Kentucky. Nobody in their right mind comes to Horse Cave, the birthplace of Hunter S. Thompson. Well, that’s just it. I was going to add some k... Read more of this blog post »
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Dia de los Muertos (Poetry)
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Description: first appeared in Unbound Magazine, later included in the book, When the Stars Go Dark.
How Monk Johnson Found Redemption at Churchill Downs (Literature & Fiction)
0 chapters   —   updated Feb 24, 2009 08:50AM
Description: Short story, fiction, published in Elixir Magazine, 2008.
National Anthem (Poetry)
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Description: first appeared in "When the Stars Go Dark" Main Street Rag Publishing House, 2009.
Operation Lancaster, 1967 (Poetry)
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Description: published first by North American Review and most recently in the new collection of poems When the Stars Go Dark.
Call and Response (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: non-fiction essay first published in Bayou Magazine, December 2008.
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Not bad, some cliches. Avoid the movie at all costs.
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On my first read of Robert Penn Warren's book, I feel about the same way I did when I read Camus' book The Rebel. There were spots of diamond like clarity and other spots when I felt totally inferior to the task. I'm not ashamed to admit the connecti ...more
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"Jim McGarrah is a gifted writer who is spot on in giving readers the feel of a mid-western small town. It is funny and smart from childhood skirmishes, love of family to attempted adulthood.
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“A human can be a real prick but maintain the capacity for good and a good hearted soul is capable of great evil. Never judge a person as absolutely one way or another because you sell the human race short when you do.”
Jim McGarrah, Off Track: Or How I Dropped Out of College and Came to Be a Horse Trainer in the 1970s While All My Friends Were Still Doing Drugs

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“Scholars look for final truths they will never find. Creative writers concern themselves with possibilities that are always there to the receptive.”
Richard Hugo

“There are those who reason well, but they are greatly outnumbered by those who reason badly.”
Galileo Galilei

“A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line...To snatch in a moment of courage, from the remorseless rush of time, a passing phase of life is only the beginning of the task. The task approached in tenderness and faith is to hold up unquestioningly, without choice and without fear, the rescued fragment before all eyes and in the light of a sincere mood. It is to show its vibration, its colour, its form; and through its movement, its form, and its colour, reveal the substance of its truth -- disclose its inspiring secret: the stress and passion within the core of each convincing moment. In a single-minded attempt of that kind, if one be deserving and fortunate, one may perchance attain to such clearness of sincerity that at last the presented vision of regret or pity, of terror or mirth, shall awaken in the hearts of the beholders that feeling of unavoidable solidarity; of the solidarity in mysterious origin, in toil, in joy, in hope, in uncertain fate, which binds men to each other and all mankind to the visible world.”
Joseph Conrad
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message 3: by Tara

Tara You must tell me sometime how you've set yourself up a blog. I want one, too :)


message 2: by Aggie

Aggie Villanueva Hi Jim. Thankx for the add. It's nice to meet you.


Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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