hobart logo
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah photo

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
Label: DGC
Released: October 1st, 1996
Length: 17 songs, 54 minutes


Last time I saw you, a good foot separated the two of us. Walked up to the yard as you did with everyone else, but this time, it was just to tell me that what I was doing at “nine in the evening” was illegal. That’s what you thought.

Mind you, I was leaning against my house, listening to murmurs of a rusted fan and Kurt Cobain’s guttural cries during a live cover of “Lake of Fire.” The prattles of narcissism pranced amidst knots of uncombed hair. The silence of the fan, uncertain, like the harmlessness perceived in Legos tossed everywhere. I am not an insider, and I’ve written down no schemes, deciding to move onto goals realistic after talking about the Constitution at age seventeen before lawyers, the mayor, and a Vietnam vet who called you disrespectful for approaching the podium in an unbuttoned shirt.

“If I’m old enough to be put to death, and run away from home without the cops being called, isn’t it odd that I’d be fined for walking on the sidewalk a little past eight?”

The women smiled. The men’s faces, unattended banana peels. The mayor tapped her planner with an unsharpened pencil, several of the other girls biting their speckled nails. Wisdom didn’t buy it, and the curfew stuck.

But if I remember correctly, we and several other kids were the only ones who knew about it. The informed few who cared.

“It’s only seven thirty.” You nodded, knowingly. “And I live here.”


But when you called me even later that night, I shuddered, and my face dispelled the bashfulness little girls feel when no one teaches them about unromantic sex. I looked down, making sure all buttons of my flannel shirt were secured, hoping that you liked Nirvana too, and not just the concept of freedom from angst.


Drink: “Colorado Bulldog”

Simply, blend vodka, milk, Kahlua, and Coca-Cola. Always, toss in some ice cubes.


image: Kristine Brown