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Flea Market Treasure

From: Appalachian Heritage
Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2014
p. 103 | 10.1353/aph.2014.0039

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Turned out in her finest frock,
she squints into the sun, poses
stiff-spined for the camera,
smiling for this souvenir portrait,
now faded, enigmatic sepia.
Rocky Mountains rise behind her,
and I imagine a visit to the Wild West
gravesite of Buffalo Bill, panorama
of golden prairie and the jutting
hogbacks of earth’s backbone,
hot, dry wind tugging tendrils
of hair out of its tight bun.
She holds a ten-gallon hat,
perhaps the photographer’s prop.
No man’s arm encumbers her waist,
no child peeps from behind skirts.
This postcard, clean as a new slate—
memento of her first trip to a land
unlike the enclosing Blue Ridge,
or proof of independence—
no address, no postmark telling time
or place, no trace of looping cursive
wish you were here.

Janice Hornburg  

Janice Hornburg is a native Texan who transplanted to East Tennessee in 1993. Her chapbook, Perspectives, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2013. Her work has been anthologized in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Volume V and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. VI: Tennessee, and has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Chapter 16, Town Creek Poetry, and Tennessee Voices.

Copyright © 2014 Berea College
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Hornburg, J.(2014). Flea Market Treasure. Appalachian Heritage 42(2), 103. The University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved July 12, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
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