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Boondock Kollage

Stories from the Hip Hop South


Regina N. Bradley

Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South is a collection of twelve short stories that addresses issues of race, place, and identity in the post–Civil Rights American South. Using historical, spectral, and hip hop infused fiction, Boondock Kollage critically engages readers to question the intersections of regionalism and black culture in current American society.

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Chapter 4: Good Bleach


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I can’t find my keys.

My phone vibrates in my left pant pocket in three short bursts. I don’t have to look at the caller ID to guess that it’s Auntie Nan’s dialysis nurse, Ms. Knox. This is her third call to me today. I shake my coat and listen for jingling keys. The phone vibrates again. I catch a piece of my thumb meat on a renegade paperclip.

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