Cattle Haul

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The latest story featured by Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading comes from National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage The Bones. The story, originally published in A Public Space, is a powerful look at a long drive across the south.

“Every time I go west instead of east, seem like the sun bleach all the color out of the land. In the middle of Texas, ain’t no pines, no thick green grass: just grass the color of sand. I can feel the heat pressing into the truck, trying to get in through the cracks of the windows. The cows in the back done got quiet, like the heat done wrapped around them and told them to shut up, to not open they mouths and waste the water.”


Walter Gordon is an intern at The Rumpus. He is a native of Berkeley, CA and goes to college in Oberlin, OH. He spends most of his time reading. His eyes hurt. Other hobbies include photography, writing fiction, and sitting on top of tall piles of rocks. More from this author →