Fall 2014

Pilgrimage to Dollywood (Morales)

Helen Morales. Pilgrimage to Dollywood: A Country Music Road Trip through Tennessee. Chicago, Il.: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 192 pages. Hardcover. $22.50. The travelogue Pilgrimage to Dollywood by Helen Morales is an enjoyable book for academics, intellectuals, and readers who love Dolly Parton, if they are able to overlook some unpleasantness that could offend a…

Bird Watching

The honest pigeon feels sick in the morning, the news unhappy, head aching from the night before, awoken by what at first felt like joy but turned into dread as soon as it bubbled up from that unappreciated darkness where she was used. The forgotten canary can

Glade Creek Falls

In a canyon of the Gorge prills Glade Creek Falls— beholden, as is proper, to the New. Only the Nile is older. Obscenely young, prey to impulse, we indenture to the Glade— our trysting place—and to each other. Like the Bible, like Mythography, we truss, foretold, in writ scrolls of…

Seventy-Two Degree Mid February-Day

A lone honey bee wanders the air yawning some stiff memory of flight abruptly awake and called out of safety to duty by a whisper understood only as an ancient vibration of color and taste methodical over mostly absent green landscape bloomless but for plastic flowers marking other still hibernating…

Sling Shot

Chalk dust. Is returning really so simple? From the hallway, he can see through the open door of the abandoned classroom, through its far window, and out into the hay fields that lay beyond. There is a single bale rotting against the fence. They would stack them, he remembered, build forts…

Falling

Though we are born Clutch-fisted, when we die We spread our Palmes, and let the world slip by —William Austin, 1587–1634 He buried his father in March. The preacher preached hellfire—it was that long ago—the creeks were all in flood and the sky had surrendered to the lion. The organ…

The Apple

People drank the apples          John “Appleseed” Chapman planted       during his Ohio migration to Marietta by catamaran          his scattered orchards slated to be hatcheted in the name of            Prohibition before the Women’s           Christian Temperance Union repositioned the Hard Cider            …