the Gate is a collection of short stories and poems by
author Wes Rehberg, some which include fictionalized biographical
elements and as well draw from his experience as a print journalist and
social justice activist. Titles of the short stories are "The
Enduring," "The Fog," "Scooter," and "Jail
Birds." Two of the poems have appeared in the literary journal, The
Rusty Nail. "Alien Bones" and "Tick Tock."
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Synopses of the five
short stories in “Opening the Gate”
“The Enduring”: Troubles and violence in a rural setting when an ex-con encounters a troubled teen..
“The Fog”: A 17-year-old New York City street kid reflects on
encounters he had when he was 14, living in a three-room flat with
grandparents, his mother and brother, his failure in school, his
independence, and a new beginning.
“Scooter”: A scooter-driving drug user moves in with a dying elderly
woman alcoholic after a meth house fire, much to the consternation of
“Jail Birds”: Offered in the first-person, a narrative told by a
clergyman who reluctantly counseled murderers in a county jail and
maximum security setting and had trouble in a divided church after a
visit to Palestine.
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