Untitled Country Review (ISSN 2152-7903), published quarterly during 2010-2013, features poetry, book reviews, photography, and short works of non-fiction. Thank you for visiting.

Issue 3: Lauren Camp

Girl on a Bus

While her folks covered the full distance 
of an argument, she entered the station at 2nd 

and Main; at the counter, she scheduled 
the nervous destination of Hope 

because she believed
it might exist. The girl was raised sharp,

spent after-school hours on a rickety bicycle
and climbed fences to tangle with freedom. 

She never ratted on the bargain business 
conducted in alleys, never minded 

the dark steam of each day lifting 
from the flat table of tar,

but she’s tired of her parents’ wrinkled moods; 
that’s why she’s traveling 

through a sepia rendering of tomorrow
on a bus faltering along. 

Almost noon, 
and Hope is the flat middle of the country. 

The polyester seat gums into her shorts, 
then pops when she leans forward. 

The girl’s eyes are rivet and handle 
on a porous childhood: 

the kind that don’t often matter.
This yellow bus rearranged her future, 

and now she thinks
she’s getting somewhere. She traces 

the journey on her leg, then pinches her skin 
to put in a mountain, to climb over something 

other than her heart. In the bus, 
she almost feels buoyant. 

--Lauren Camp

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