Nora Brooks is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in PopMatters, The Best American Poetry blog, Poets & Writers online, and H.O.W. Magazine, among others. She holds an MFA from The New School, where she was an assistant to the critic Greil Marcus and the poet and editor David Lehman.
Cowboy StoriesBy Nora Brooks
Once near the Alvord Desert—a corner of Oregon literally never in the news until last year, when cowboy militants took over the Malheur wildlife refuge in protest of the jailing of ranchers for burning federal land—my then husband and I stopped at a gas station on the way to a hot spring up the highway. We were almost out of gas.