By Michael Martone, David Plowden
Essays describe lifestyles in small cities, farming groups, and suburbs in states from Ohio to North Dakota.
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I'd like to hold them open there, if I could. I'd like to hold all of my suburban Midwest in a similarly open gesture of encouragement, discovery, and watchfulness, and think of myself now, as a combination butter sculptor/pumpkin grower/part-owner of an Appaloosa named Pegasus, minding my own small business under the sign of Wonder Bread and Belmont Caskets. Page 29 The Flatness Michael Martone They are thinking about northern Ohio, about Indiana, about the long stretch through Illinois and on into Iowa.
My father mailed me a picture of my old car's roof barely breaching a four-foot bank of Page 3 snow, and my mother's head and waving hand frozen in a picture of the snow-blocked picture-window in the dining room. He bought expensive film for the Polaroid he was never comfortable using and sent me a whole portfolio of the neighborhood's month-old abominable snow sculptures that showed no signs of melting. Among those takes, he included a valentine that the new keypunch operator at his office had generated.
I had lived in Columbus, Ohio, for twenty-six years and had never left or thought of leaving the country, except for the time in Teen Camp when our bus passed Buffalo, New York, and we visited a nation distinguished solely by the fact that twelve-year-olds could purchase cherry bombs and bottle rockets four days running in order to relinquish them at the American border on the fifth. Now, for the first time in my life I inhabited a place where weather was cast into two definite seasons, the wet one and the dry one.
A Place of sense: essays in search of the Midwest by Michael Martone, David Plowden