After school, I’d go to the public library, 
a haven with air conditioning
keeping sun and sand at bay, 
with tables and computers and books
and a sense that there, ideas mattered.
Writing could be done, reading could happen,
pages could turn to the next pages, and the
next after that, into a broad future, 
away from that small town, away from 
Navy jets and tumbleweeds, away, finally, 
from the library itself, which always only 
wanted me to learn enough to leave.
Vivian Wagner lives in New Concord, Ohio, where she's an associate professor of English at Muskingum University. She's the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington); a full-length poetry collection, Raising (Clare Songbirds Publishing House); and three poetry chapbooks: The Village (Aldrich Press-Kelsay Books), Making (Origami Poems Project), and Curiosities (Unsolicited Press).

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