erased from Allen Tate’s “Remarks on the Southern Religion”
the modern southerner inheritsa kind of history
he would like to believea vast hope some magic
to spirit back to himhis way of life
he in short inheritsviolence [End Page 32]
R.C. Neighbors is a sixth-generation Oklahoman who has studied literature at the University of Arkansas and creative writing at Hollins University. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Native Southern studies and creative writing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tampa Review, Barely South Review, Red Earth Review, and Parody.