Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

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Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

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   Give me flat land,    an open palm. Blackbirds    in December. No hills.     That land, a mirror    reflecting sun,    light, my face.     A need to see    what's coming, take notes    on what just left. 

Christina Pacosz has published four books of poems, the most recent of which are Notes from the Red Zone (Seal Press, 1983), Some Winded, Wild Beast (Black & Red, 1985), and This Is Not a Place to Sing (West End Press, 1987). She has appeared in several anthologies, including Looking for Home: Women Writing About Exile (1990) and Hard Love: Writings on Violence and Intimacy (1997). Her poems have been published in numerous journals, including Calyx, Animal, Bellingham Review, Earth's Daughters, Cream City Review, Exquisite Corpse, Blue Unicom, Witness, Negative Capability, and others. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the late 1970's, I was a small press book bus driver in the midwest for Plains Distribution of Fargo, North Dakota, traveling through five states (North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin) promoting small press literature and publishing. The Plains book bus was one of three operating in the United States at the time. B. Dalton was a major sponsor. …

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