On the Road Where Hank Williams Died • Tony Reevy

Rain pelts against the windshield—
a line of paired lights
stares into me, through me.

Kelly-green mountains,
newly clad, press
on either side.

A tunnel through life,
a tunnel of life, this lost
highway leads home

or away from home,
north or south,
to mountains or flatlands,

depending on
which way
you go.


Senior associate director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tony Reevy is a graduate of North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Miami University. He is a David P. Morgan Award winner (2006) and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His previous publications include poetry, non-fiction and short fiction, including the non-fiction book Ghost Train!, and the poetry chapbooks Green Cove Stop, Magdalena, Lightning in Wartime, and In Mountain Lion Country. His latest non-fiction book, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line, is pending publication from Abrams Books in fall 2012. He resides in Durham, North Carolina with wife, Caroline Weaver, and children Lindley and Ian.