Summer 1990 • Vol. XII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1990 |

Rural Electrification

            If you put a light on every farm             you put a light in every heart.                R.E.A. OFFICIAL, 1939 In the waning summer evening heat they come together, rugged individualists, the paradoxical hard-working men and women, country people, sun scored deep in their skins' folds, sparked by the chance to claim a share in whatever power they hold in common, who as a matter of faith hate all sneaking communists—and believe by God in the R.E.A. The bleached revivalist tent has been raised up again in the fairgrounds dust to hold the Annual Meeting, to whip up some kind of spirit for ceremonies which have lately become suspicious, which many believe have lost all meaning. In the hard times, poor as dirt, they fought spite lines, high rates rumors spread by the college boys, the saboteurs of the big utilities. Hicks, my grandmother says, is what they call us now, fooling aroun

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