We reckon that nine generations in Appalachia is long enough for a place to get in the bones of a family, and that kinheritance has marked Kari Gunter-Seymour with an intuitive feel for one of America’s most isolated and peculiar regions. The current Poet Laureate of Ohio and the author of A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen, her work has appeared in the New York Times, One, Rattle, and New Ohio Review.
BEFORE BOOZE, OXY, AND VIKES
Rollerblader, unsung crusader,
champion of feral dogs and crippled cats.
Cake baker, sleep faker, you once dressed
as a girl for Halloween because
you wanted to feel firsthand,
how difficult that life might be.
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