by Tamara Hollins

Published in Issue No. 15 ~ August, 1998

tonight i was watching bonnie and clyde
and thought maybe we could be them
just drop our jobs and the bills
and take off
robbing banks for sustenance
rolling over undeveloped terrain
with the responsibility police behind us
we’d shoot past the few farms left in america
going so fast it would feel like we were headed for the stars
i’d laugh and you wouldn’t mind
it would all be so exciting
like experiencing a favorite song instead of only dreaming as it plays

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Tamara Hollins seems to be a permanent student, holding a B.A. in Art, with distinction, from Hendrix College in Conway, AR; a M.F.A. in Writing and Literature from Bennington College in Bennington, VT; and a M.A. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. She has one more year of coursework in the Claremont Graduate University English doctoral program and is teaching in the meantime at the Institute of Reading Development. In her words: "I am forever trying to live my life to the utmost despite my responsibilities."