Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"The Ford Country Squire" Jane Hilberry

The Ford Country Squire

At ten, when the Rector’s
family asked me to their cottage,
I was thrilled.  I sat

with the suntanned children
in the backseat and ate
from their bag of chips. 

The windows were sealed
in the air-conditioned station wagon,
and some fresh air

would have been good —
how fast the trees pass, how strangely
the earth spins—

and I a fugitive
from my own godless family,
trying to join

this church, this life—
But the leaves on the trees
curled and I followed,

doubled over, my mouth
hopeless and open
and there, on the new-

smelling floor mat,
I rejected the transplant.
I left my mark. 

                           -JANE HILBERRY

                           "The Ford Country Squire" appeared originally in the online journal Ohio Edit

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