Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2014 |

Welcome to Pleasant Bluff

It's not unpleasant here. The chicken plants and car plants grow like plants. Here, all the spersists in yards still plugging past elections and latticed propane tanks. Here, names (like Jerry of Jerry's Rigs) mean business; football games mean war. Here, kids attend Dead President Primary, right off Bigwig Avenue, and strip malls flank the Holy Testament (whose latest message, God's grace gives us rage!, has lost the c-o-u); the new Corrections Department borders Three Sons Barbeque (run by two moms). Here, downtown is disguised: the old PO a bank. The gallery that used to be a mill, now capitalized The Mill, sells space and photographs of mills. Here, progress means, ostensibly, a stage of reclamation, from topography to toponymy. But since the genius lies in places, not in names, here, once you're there, you'll lack an actual to actualize, finding no oaks in Oakmont Cemetery and only shops in Walnut Square, no hills in Eden Hills, no Eden—anywhere.

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Caki Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections Circles Where the Head Should Be (University of North Texas Press, 2011), which won the Vassar Miller Prize, and The Wynona Stone Poems (Persea Books, 2015), which won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award. Her new work has appeared in Yale Review, Nation, Crazyhorse, and other magazines. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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