Lori Brack is the author of A Case for the Dead Letter Detective (Kelsay, 2021), Museum Made of Breath (Spartan Kansas City, 2018) and A Fine Place to See the Sky (The Field School, 2010). Her essays and poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, North American Review, Atlas and Alice, Entropy Magazine, Mid-American Review and other journals and anthologies. She lives on the prairie two blocks from the Garden of Eden and 14 miles from the geodetic center of North America.
If you squint at the 1916 county atlas and plat book, you can make out a farmer’s first and last name inked on a wedge of land tucked under a curve of the Arkansas River. The farmer named this place Jingletown.