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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3


Curtis Dunlap


The annual talent show is the highlight of this small town's autumn festival, though lately, there hasn't been much cause to celebrate. Textiles, tobacco, and the furniture factory -- staples of the local economy -- are either gone or slowly dwindling away. Though the crowd is smaller than last year, the few hundred in attendance are enjoying the music and have seemingly forgotten, if but for a little while, that their town is dying.

intermission -
Elvis exits
the porta john

Curtis Dunlap Curtis Dunlap lives near the confluence of the Mayo and Dan rivers in Mayodan, North Carolina. He has been published in Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, Modern Haiku, Simply Haiku, big sky: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, and Valley Voices. He was recently awarded 3rd Prize in the 11th International Kusamakura Haiku Competition. His personal haiku and related forms web site is located at