Driving Through West Virginia

Gary Charles Wilkens

What I thought was mountain
was cloud,
what I thought cloud
was mountain.

The old travel out of desire,
the young travel
out of need.

Gary Charles Wilkens, Assistant Professor of English at Norfolk State University, was the winner of the 2006 Texas Review Breakthrough Poetry Prize for his first book, The Red Light Was My Mind. His poems have appeared in more than 60 online and print venues, among them The Texas Review, The Cortland Review, The Adirondack Review, The Prague Revue and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume II: Mississippi.

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