American Midwest

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the American nesting doll opens up under pressure boiling till the tip oozes out spitting epiphanies of  progress onto the middle nation new obligatory pushes away from abstinence toward pink bubblegum
Once, a boy goaded on by his friends yelled “BORDERHOPPER” in my face. (I must have a very large stride, then, to have hopped the Pacific Ocean.) To be fair, it was middle school.
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