Literary LEO: Fiction

La Belle époque or A Week Without YouBY JESSICA ELLIOTT    The old man who lives upstairs goes wandering down the street every Saturday at noon. He finds me crouched between bushes, smoking a cigarette. He’s surprised to find me there. I tell him that I’m hiding, and he thinks it’s a joke.

Literary LEO: Bad Poetry

Going to My Happy PlaceBY MATTHEW HEIMERDINGERWhen I sit and think long thoughts like the toes of old men, knobby and

Literary LEO 2007

Literary LEO is an annual rite that dates to the early years of this newspaper. It has grown along with the newspaper’s readership, and each year, LEO receives hundreds of poems, prose and photographs from throughout the community.

Each year, LEO also features an evening of public readings by the winning writers and an exhibit of the winning photographs. This year’s event takes place tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Jazz Factory, 815 W. Market St. There’s no cover, and it starts at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy the views and viewpoints presented here. —Elizabeth Kramer

Rumor & Innuendo

Denny Crum Court. About damn time. I’m told The Rick, who has always been publicly deferential to the former coach, was the main mover. Anybody familiar with the bad blood that has existed between Hall-of-Famer Crum and the current AD will tell you this was far from a sure thing ever happening under the current administration. Kudos and thanks to all who had the good sense and sanity to make it reality.

City Strobe

More evolution proof?State Republican senators (of all people) are proposing (of all things) more money for education in (of all subjects) science and math. Conservative Christian Republicans in Kentucky are not known for either funding education or holding much truck with science, but there they were last week, touting bills that would boost science education in Kentucky public high schools.

Literary LEO: Flash Fiction

Big CircleBY GRAY SMITHAlbert jerked his sweat-soaked head up from his pillow. Today was the day. A lifetime of dreaming and fervent preparation for one single hour — the window between experiments that would leave him alone with the world’s most powerful scanning electron microscope. Albert’s life had been an obsession with the microscopic cosmos. He’d penetrated atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons — all elephantine compared to today’s quarry —

Literary LEO: Poetry

HOLYBY AMY TUDORPreakness Stakes, 2006The ankle of a horse is holy.        —Larry Levis

Mixed message:

[img_assist|nid=3790|title=A jury said MSD violated the law|desc=illustration by Ashley Cecil / A jury said MSD violated the law by laying off Sarah Lynn Cunningham, above, but did not impose financial penalties.|link=|align=left|width=186|height=200]There was no smoking gun in the trial of two former employees who sued the Metropolitan Sewer District for wrongful termination, so the whole thing was that much harder to understand, particularly for our “CSI” culture of neatly wrapped hour-long whodunits.

Counting of a sort: The feds say we must tally the homeless. Easier said than done

By JENNIFER OLADIPOOne way to get better participation: Photo by Marty Pearl One way to get better participation in the biennial homeless count is to distribute socks and underwear.It’s the last Thursday in January, a clear winter day, slightly warmer than the one before. But by sunset, about the time Louisville and cities nationwide begin counting their homeless citizens, the air has taken on a harshness that will last until morning.

Vetting the messenger: In MSD trial, the focus is squarely on Sarah Lynn Cunningham

Offering his opening statement last Tuesday morning in an ornate, maroon-carpeted federal courtroom, plaintiffs’ attorney David Friedman told the jury that the case, which involves former Metropolitan Sewer District employees who were laid off six months after alleging ethical violations within the public agency, hedges on a simple cliché: Don’t shoot the messenger.