Monthly Archives: September 2009

Trailer Park Fragments by David Ensminger

Mike Young pub­lished this e‑book, Trail­er Park Frag­ments: A Place called Whis­per­ing Lanes, through his Mag­ic Heli­copter Press. I urge you to check it out. I was going to say it gives you a per­spec­tive on trail­er parks you maybe … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Rural Brain Drain

I left, too. They're talk­ing about peo­ple like me, in the Chron­i­cle of High­er Edu­ca­tion. By Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. KefalasWhat is going on in small-town Amer­i­ca? The nation's mythol­o­gy of small towns comes to us straight from … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Silas House and Ben Sollee Read and Sing


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Two Poems by D. E. Oprava

DEEP VIDALIA DIRT Tomor­row he’ll be back at work clean­ing rig­son a truck-stop tar­mac off high­way forty-one, suck­ingup diesel and putting more sweat, less lovein the hub caps that need to gleam brighterthan a south­ern sun. He’s had his eye … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Down by the Creek, fiction by M.E. Parker

Stove up from work­ing the har­vest, Jessie hob­bled up the porch steps hold­ing his hand out for Chester. “Ches,” he called. The old blood­hound, “noth­ing but ears and ribs” snooz­ing in the shape of a ques­tion mark, usu­al­ly stum­bled up … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Rural Medical Camp Tackles Health Care Gaps

  Bet­ty Lettenberger/NPR Link gakked from AppyLove, sto­ry from NPR. Think about this sto­ry for a moment. Or two. We need new, bet­ter, options for health care, and we need them yes­ter­day. And that's prob­a­bly as polit­i­cal a post as I'll … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Wine and Cheese with Alexi and Natasha

Last night in my apart­ment, I heard Natasha through the thin walls, “Nyet! Nyet!” Today I stare at her black eye when we have wine, whiskey and cheese as we do every month. "You like my wife?" Alexi asks. Natasha was wet-eyed … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Aphelia and Leigh, fiction by Kyle Hemmings

We were lis­ten­ing to Doo­dles Weaver crack jokes on Rudy Vallee’s radio show when it hap­pened. We were catch­ing dust from the open car win­dows, the dry wind from the Black Mesa. Maybe if Aphe­lia hadn’t dri­ven her father’s rick­ety … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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High Cotton, by Barrett Hathcock

When they cot­ton dive, the boys become seri­ous. They coil into them­selves, squat­ting on the lip of the met­al cot­ton bins, and they thrust their bod­ies into the air. The boys go for dis­tance, they go for height, but their … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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History as a Weapon: The Question of Class, by Dorothy Allison

  Source: Berry Col­lege Many years ago, when I first began teach­ing writ­ing, I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to design an intro­duc­to­ry writ­ing (essay) course, in which we read and dis­cussed the­o­ry and crit­i­cism as well as orig­i­nal cre­ative works. I … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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