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Maps of Places Drawn to Scale

BY ANGELA VORAS-HILLS
 

Ten minutes from a two-week vacation,
    a van flips on an exit ramp.  In a small town,
        the van is bigger. On the highway, 
    it’s just a van, heading toward a hotel.  This
is global positioning: a man is ejected and the van
    lands on top of him.  In a small town, a priest
        knows the man’s name, but Death does not 
    concern itself with formalities.  It also does not take 
the man whole: only his legs and anything else
    it can grab below the waist.  At a Chinese buffet, 
        Death is stuffing her cheeks 
    with crab rangoons, while a family
stands behind her with empty plates.  Nobody stuck
    to the vinyl booth finds “You will suffer” 
        inside their cookie, but it’s implied
    in the parking lot.  A child breaks free 
from her mother’s arms and runs head-first 
    into traffic.  In the city, there are always 
        detours.  But in a small town, there’s one
     name for each baby born, and eventually
it’s on the lips of everyone in the street.

 

 

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Angela Voras-Hills earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, and was a fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Linebreak, among others. She was recently awarded the Sustainable Arts Foundation's Spring Promise Award, and lives with her husband and two kids in Madison, WI.