I have finally met a city that has managed to thwart my ability to thrive without driving: Morgantown. The public transportation is worse than Orlando’s and the roads are more treacherous (though Morgantown has a bicycle friendly city designation somehow). I foolishly walked to work from my motel Monday to the site I am working from for the next three weeks and while the University of West Virginia campus is really nice, walking on the shoulder of a busy road, uphill, for about 2.5 or 3 miles, not so much; it was the most dangerous thing I have ever done. To top things off, I’m in a hotel that was once a Holiday Inn, then a Quality Inn, and now an independently run hotel that somehow appeared in my company’s hotel directory when booking travel.

The view from my bedI could take more pictures of the room but I think the curtains, the crooked ironing board says it all.

I am switching hotels Sunday for the first time in the seven plus years I have trained on the road to the thick of downtown Morgantown. I hope my experience there is better than it has been in this part of Morgantown.


I have three poems published today in Hobart you can check out here.



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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.

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