I saw Bobby Bare kiss Marty Stuart

on the stage of the Ryman after Bobby had played Marie Laveau
and That’s How I Got to Memphis and Detroit City and my friend

who’s a music manager whispered to me that Bobby Bare
was the sweetest man in Nashville and his voice was pitch perfect

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Marianne Worthington is co-founder and poetry editor of Still: The Journal. She is author of the chapbook Larger Bodies Than Mine, winner of the 2007 Appalachian Book of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in Grist, Shenandoah, Appalachian Heritage, 94 Creations, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Kudzu, and many other publications. She lives, writes, and teaches in southeastern Kentucky.

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