As someone who also grew up in the country (and who agrees with many of your same anxieties around these parts of our land), I feel I can only give up on the country as much as it gives up on me. There will always be a desire to reciprocate what little love and wisdom that comes to me from the country because I've only ever wanted love and wisdom from it, and I can't help but max out the allotment of my self I give to rural folks I know when they show some sanity towards me. What runs in me runs in the people I grew up around; I realise I can't sustain myself forever on pity for them, yet I feel there is no way to completely abandon the country without also abandoning myself.

Undergraduate English Studies major at Ball State University. Out to prove there's more than corn in Indiana. /// Contact: allenwarren100@gmail.com.