Excerpt from Answer Me by Matthew Firth (Canada)
"I held her close. Peered deeply into her foggy, grey eyes. I told her I'd buy her drinks for the rest of the day if only she'd wash my feet. That was all the convincing she needed. She became my washerwoman. She scrubbed, brushed and bathed me, right there in the dim yellow light of the Balmoral Tavern. I wallowed in her mercies. Revelled in her delicate, womanly touch. Down and down and down we sank in each other's presence till sin mingled with righteousness, vinegar mingled with wine, purity of heart mingled with evil till I stunk no more, till she tunk no more, till the filth was sucked away, till I could hold my head high knowing I was a pure member in good standing - dues paid up - in Jesus' flock of bleating sheep, in God's army. And she, my unclean whore, sent my sins - my blood, cum, snot, piss, shit, bile, the very marrow of my bones - straight down the toilet right there in the ladies at the Barlmoral Tavern."
Matthew Firth: Author of Fresh Meat (Rush Hour Revisions, 1997) and Can You Take Me There Now? (Boheme Press, 2001) Firth has helped to encourage a new tone for literary writing in Canada by publishing chapbooks, two different literary magazines, and his own growing oeuvre of tell-it-like-it-is short stories.
Give Up Your Aul Sins
Son of Satan
Ring of Fire
Secret Joy of Fallen Angels