Unye Terminal, After Midnight

Timothy Dodd is from Mink Shoals, West Virginia in the heart of Appalachia. He is the author of short story collections Fissures and Other Stories (Bottom Dog Press), Men in Midnight Bloom (Cowboy Jamboree Press), and Mortality Birds (Southernmost Books, with Steve Lambert), as well as the poetry collection, Modern Ancient (High Window Press), In addition to appearing in earlier editions of El Portal, Tim’s stories have appeared in YemasseeGlassworks Magazine, and Anthology of Appalachian Writers; his poetry in Crab Creek ReviewRoanoke ReviewCrannog, and elsewhere. Also a visual artist, Tim primarily exhibits his oil paintings in the Philippines. Sample artwork can be found on his Instagram@timothybdoddartwork. His website is timothybdodd.wordpress.com.

Unye Terminal, After Midnight by Timothy Dodd

Dogs slink around the lot
of domestication, keeping
close to gate. Somewhere
voices stress against each
other in the void, and out
past the station, cars wheeze
across the night’s highway.

The next bus pulls in, out:
someone surely knows where
it’s going, and someone surely
believes in destination, like me
sitting here in a time capsule’s
darkness, taking it for granted
that morning light will come.


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El Portal

Eastern New Mexico University’s literary magazine, El Portal, offers a venue for the work of writers, artists and photographers. ENMU students, national, and international writers are welcome to submit their original, previously unpublished short stories, plays, poetry and photography. No entry fees are charged. Cash prizes are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in each category (only ENMU students qualify). El Portal is published each semester at Eastern thanks to Dr. Jack Williamson, a world-renowned science fiction writer and professor emeritus at ENMU who underwrote the publication. El Portal has been published since 1939.