The Strip Mine Girl

 as told by R Hedge

You won’t find me up there again, not after that time
when I was a kid when I went there to get away
from the world’s watchful eye. There’s always been
talk of superstition, due in part to those old grave
stones left unhinged by corporations.

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Matthew Haughton is the author of Stand in the Stillness of Woods (WordTech Editions). His chapbook, Bee-coursing Box (Accents Publications) was nominated for the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry. His poems have appeared in several publications including Appalachian Journal, Now & Then, Still, Border Crossing, and The Louisville Review. Haughton works as a public school teacher in his native Kentucky.

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