Lost and Found on Highway 25 South

You’ve already forgotten why you’ve come. Why you left
the mountains to be swallowed whole by kudzu, to become
a wanderer in a desert of hand-scrawled signs, each one
a temptation or a prayer: Watermellons. Stop. Tomatos.
There is no one place, only places scattered along the
falling highway, as if each produce stand and clapboard
church meant to climb the mountain but never made it.

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Jeremy B. Jones is the author of the memoir Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland, which won a Gold IPPY in the memoir category in 2015. Hist essays have appeared in Oxford American, Brevity, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, and he teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University.

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