Art is a lonely wolfhound in a flannel shirt and corduroy pants hitching her way across Nebraska. When she climbs in, she fills the front seat of my pickup truck and we share strawberries I picked this morning in a field packed with hungry hands. My conversation is timid and small, so we follow I-80 noiselessly down its long western stare, and I let her choose the radio station. I let her get the dial all sticky with her berry paws. I let her turn the static louder and louder until Johnny Cash comes in and we’ve both shot a man in Reno at the top of our lungs.
Rebecca Macijeski holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been awarded artist residencies at The Ragdale Foundation, Art Farm Nebraska, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Nimrod, The Missouri Review, The Journal, Sycamore Review, Fairy Tale Review, Puerto del Sol, and many other places. This fall she will join the creative writing faculty at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Visit her online at www.rebeccamacijeski.com.