from Tatiana Ryckman’s
“Where You’re From”
You can tell that woman is from the Midwest. Her shoulders, hunched from all the weight of the grey sky just scream “Ohio.” She peers out from under dyed, thinning hair with a smile that can only come from years of waking up in a dirty industrial town with no industry.
She waves enthusiastically and her eyes light up when she sees you because she’s used to people being the only thing to look forward to. She hasn’t been down here long enough to know that the people come in quantity, not quality, and the weather will always be better than her friends.
That woman’s name must be something like Sarah or Martha or Jane. Something Puritan, something like a settler, like a wagon and overalls, like a pinwheel in a green lawn for only three months out of the year.
###Also in this issue… 1. Alice-Catherine Jennings 2. Allen Forrest (cover) 3. Amanda Lee 4. Beth Schneider 5. Brett Salsbury 6. Christine Brandel 7. Clara B. Jones 8. Clifford Parody 9. Darren Demaree 10. David Scheier 11. Gabrielle Montestanti 12. Guy Traiber 13. J.J. Steinfeld 14. John J. Trause 15. Katarina Boudreaux 16. Krista Christensen 17. Kushal Poddar 18. Maria S. Picone 19. Melissa Llanes Brownlee 20. Richard Wagle 21. Rodney Nelson 22. Tatiana Ryckman 23. Terry Ann Thaxton 24. Tom Rechtin 25. Valentina Cano